V Muraleedharan criticizes Kerala for making COVID -ve certificates mandatory for returning expats
Kozhikode: Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan criticised the Kerala government's decision to let only those expats with COVID-19 negative certificates enter the state.
He said that this decision adversely affects the expats who wish to return to their native. He alleged that the state government is running away from its responsibilities.
The Union Minister was speaking during a discussion in Mathrubhumi News. V Muraleedharan stated that the world will laugh at this decision taken by the Kerala government. Countries all over the world are effectively quarantining their citizens returning from foreign countries. However, the Kerala government is running away from its responsibility.
V Muraleedharan also warned that flights to Kerala as part of the Vande Bharat mission will have to be suspended if the state does not reconsider its stance on the issue.
Meanwhile, V Muraleedharan added that he will try to look for alternative arrangements as he is also a Keralite.
The Union Minister further stated that it is not practical to conduct COVID tests for all returning expats through the embassies. Also rapid tests in different countries are done as per their own protocols.
Kerala had decided to make COVID-19 negative certificates mandatory for all returnees from foreign countries, including those returning via chartered flights.