'Karnataka to bail out overseas Kannadigas in distress' - CT Ravi

Bengaluru, May 7 (IANS): The Karnataka government is bracing to bail out hundreds of Kannadigas living abroad but who now want to return to their home state, as they are in distress due to the coronavirus pandemic fallout, a state minister said on Wednesday.

"Hundreds of overseas or non-resident Kannadigas (NRKs) reached out to us through voice and video calls, emails, relatives and friends, expressing readiness to return to their home state, as the situation in the countries they are working in is grim after the Covid-19 outbreak," Minister for Tourism, Kannada and Culture C.T. Ravi told IANS in an e-mail statement.

The 'SOS' calls from NRKs in the US, Europe, Africa, Gulf region and Australia during the last couple of weeks have made the state government to set up a special cell in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) to facilitate their return at the earliest.

"We have set up a dedicated website, app and are in the process of setting up a 24x7 helpline to assist Kannadigas wanting to relocate and resettle in their home state after the Coivd crisis ends and normalcy is restored," said Ravi.

The state is, however, focusing on the early return of the Kannadigas who have been stranded in various countries since March 23 when international flights were suspended and nationwide lockdown clamped since March 24 midnight and extended twice since up to May 17.

"As our priority is to first rescue about 10,500 Kannadigas stranded the world over, we are coordinating with the Ministry of Civil Aviation for their safe passage to Bengaluru or Mangaluru from Friday onwards," said Ravi.

Following a videoconference call between Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa with 55 Kannadiga organisations in 34 countries on May 2 on "reverse brain drain", the state has sought the help of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to facilitate the return of NRKs through Indian embassies, high commissions and their consulates in countries where more Kannadigas are working, studying, or living as NRIs.

"As Covid pandemic devastated economies of many countries, including the US, Germany, France, UK and the Gulf region, hundreds of Kannadigas working as professionals (white collar jobs) don't want to stay or live in those countries any more but return to India and their home state due to uncertainty of jobs, future of their children and their families or relatives back home," Ravi pointed out.

As hundreds of NRKs in Dubai, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain have also lost their blue-collar jobs due to the collapse of the oil economy and Covid crisis, they are desperate to return home at the earliest.

"The NRKs are asking for admission in schools and colleges for their children, housing sites to build homes and opportunities to invest in the state so that they could be self-employed and also create jobs for fellow Kannadigas or others," noted Ravi.

Similarly, hundreds of students from the southern state, who are studying in Australia, have urged Yediyurappa to get their visas extended and education fee waived so that they could complete their studies and return home as they are also unsure of getting jobs as expats in the post-Covid times.




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  • smr, Karkala

    Fri, May 8 2020

    This BJp's Minister for Tourism, Kannada and Culture C.T. Ravi may be referring to 'bale puri'.

    The party has bowed to the builders lobby and cancelled the train for migrant laborers. How will party will arrange flights?

    The BJP is only fit for 'Airlift' opposition MLA's for 'Operation Kamala'. It is experience of toppling governments of Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. But don't have any solution for expatriate community stranded abroad without food, salaries and jobs.

    Jai Hind

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  • Rajiv Mendon, Muwait/Mangalore

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Kuwait--Mangalore flight when...?

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  • Naresh, Kerala

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Refer https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/www.news18.com/amp/news/auto/heres-a-complete-list-of-all-64-air-india-evacuation-flights-to-bring-stranded-indians-back-2609259.html

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  • Naresh, Kerala

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Very true..... Kerala planned it perfectly well, with effective steps, brought out the local cases to tolerable limit before the NRIs are coming into the state. 8 out of 14 districts have Zero active cases, 3 Districts including Kasaragod is having only 1 active case each, and State as a whole having only 24 active cases.

    Parallely, they exerted pressure on the Central Government for resuming flights for NRIs and started registration which will help understand and plan the quarantine requirements and today the first two out of 11 flights have already taken off from Gulf and will soon land in Kochi / Calicut. We warmly welcome them to the State and wish them good health.

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  • rahil, mangalore

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Kerala and other states already did this long back and their people started to arrive in their respected states from today and our minister is waken up now from their sleep. Instead of closing border open the border jump to Kerala and educate yourself and get some training from them to know how to run states.

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  • raviraj, Udupi Dist / Karnataka State

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Please can some one from the Govt give clear cut information on the status of stranded Mangaloreans to be repatriated from Kuwait? We need to know when can we expect Air India flights start evacuating us from here.

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  • Raghav Acharya., Urwa store/Surat

    Thu, May 7 2020

    He had to say something to show tat he is still alive so that people wont forget him and his job is done and he is so confident that people loves him so much more than anyone on this earth just give some statement and he need not even to remember what he has said, forget about doing anything .

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  • Anand Dsouza, Kuwait

    Thu, May 7 2020

    The people who commented negative are not in distress. Just commenting will anyway not help the people in trouble. NRI associations are putting pressure on govt. Of Karnataka to help them out. Anyone help us, we all greatful to them.

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  • MIA, Udupi

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Air Ticket fare be reasonable? or another jumla?

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  • Ramesh, Udupi

    Thu, May 7 2020

    These people can fool anyone with their sweet words...lies

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  • PRAM, India/ Magalore

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Nobody has the right to question the best performing Government the world has ever seen..., This is the Best Government, it always takes the right decision, We magalorean will support this government even if it will take to sell our house ..,

    Let the government sell our good profit banks to the North like Vijaya Bank to BOD..., Let the government give our Airports to his North Friends ADANI. Let them give the Goverment Job to the North . Let all Goverment Mega Project be in North.

    We only need communal Mileage and Magalorean s are happy

    Then what are NRI for us, we need locals NAMO .

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  • harish, kodagu

    Thu, May 7 2020

    big lie. pls dont believe any Bjp minister statement . The said they will give free train ticket to travel migrant workers from one place to other. all migrant workers paid from their own pocket double the price of actual train ticket.
    they said they will make travel arrangement to migrant those who stuck in bangalore. however Bjp spoke to Builders and they cancelled the train to bangalore.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Itne din tak kaha the bhayya aap? Quarantined ?? looks dull....hmm

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Thu, May 7 2020

    It's too late. Start evacuating and provide proper facilities.

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  • Lawrence Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, May 7 2020


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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Thu, May 7 2020

    He thinks NRI people are in the Jail waiting for him to bail us out.

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Whatever it is, but don't bail out any overseas Kannadigas mistress....

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  • Hussain, Abu Dhabi

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Karnataka to bail out overseas Kannadigas in distress

    You have been saying this for many weeks now. 6 other states evacuation starts from today but no action plan for/ from Karnataka.

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  • DMBangera, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Check the flight schedule

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  • Paul, Mangalore

    Thu, May 7 2020

    This guy only Bla...Bla....
    Only needs media a ttention ,Press meet

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, May 7 2020

    blah, blah,.. self quarantined man.

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  • Rajiv Mendon, Udupi/Kuwait...

    Thu, May 7 2020

    What about Kannadigas stuck in Kuwait...

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Thu, May 7 2020

    you can do nothing for people within the state except serve them liquor, what will you do for those overseas?

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  • Clifford Fernandes, Toronto

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Will do nothing. This is only "Uttara Kumarana Pourusha".

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, May 7 2020

    First Bail out our Local Migrants ...

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