Vande Bharat: Residents of coastal Karnataka in Kuwait feel let down

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, May 22: After flights from Qatar, UAE and Oman airlifted people back home to Karnataka under the central government's Vande Bharat Mission, Kuwait Kannadigas, many among whom are facing emergency situations, are still waiting for their turn to fly home. After the third flight was announced from UAE, they are undergoing a sense of frustration at the utter neglect shown towards them by the central and state governments. They feel totally let down.

“We, the office bearers of various Kannada organizations in Kuwait, have been repeatedly requesting the central government to arrange flights from Kuwait to Mangaluru. We fail to understand why the central and state governments have been showing negligent attitude towards Kannadigas residing in Kuwait. We have conducted meetings with union minister D V Sadananda Gowda. He only gave us assurances repeatedly to sort out the issues soon and arrange flights to Kuwait under Vande Bharat Mission. But as per the notification, no flights have been scheduled from Kuwait till June 17 for Karnataka,” explained Raghav Shetty, president, Tuluva forum, Kuwait.

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Speaking to daijiworld, Mohandas Kamath, social worker residing in Kuwait, said, “About 50,000 people from Karnataka are residing in Kuwait. Among them, 35,000 belong to coastal Karnataka. As many as 3,000 Kannadigas including pregnant women, ill and job permit expired and job losers have been waiting to fly back to their homeland. We made several calls and requested foreign ministry of India and MPs of Karnataka to help these people reach home. No one seems to be ready to hear our grievances and show some mercy on us. At the same time, other states have been sending their flights here to pick their people without any hassles. But no one is there to take care of Kannadigas here and we are being neglected by our own people's representatives in Karnataka.”

“The Indian embassy here is fully controlled by Kerala lobby. The state government of Kerala and their MP’s are putting maximum efforts to ferry Keralites to their homeland. But Karnataka government seems to have forgotten about Kannadigas here. It seems Karnataka government is only interested about people stranded in UAE, Doha Qatar and Oman. We feel, we have become strangers for our own government and people,” said Ronald, whose visa expired in March this year.

“I am six months pregnant. My husband lost his job last month. Now we are staying in a friend’s house. It is difficult to continue here without job and money. We have already applied for travel passes in the embassy. But we have not received any notification from the embassy yet. As per doctors’ suggestion, we want to fly to India as soon as possible,” says Renuka from Udupi.

Some days ago, union minister D V Sadananda Gowda had tweeted that the process of bringing back people who are stranded in Kuwait is underway. Soon the flight will be announced under Vande Bharat Mission, he had said.




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  • Manoj B, mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Sorry readers forgive me
    i hate this vande bharat word . because its just for name they are doing nothing

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  • Ajay Dsouza, Udupi

    Fri, May 22 2020

    From Bahrain to MANGALORE no flights no discussion... everything is useless here.
    Waiting waiting waiting to start at list normal flight service.

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  • Jprakash, Karkala Kuwait

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Ours is a incapable government,they only know horse trading.

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  • Wils, Mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    As per news upcoming days 23 flights from indigo for Kerala state from Kuwait ,out of 180 repatriation flights,97 alone for Kerala including Kuwait.and not a single flight announced for Karnataka state.patheatic situation of Kannadigas,other state people in Kuwait who wish to travel on medical emergency,pregnant ladies,elderly and children.

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  • Joseph, Qatar

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Its true ... our ministers are dumbos and buffoons. They are a lousy greedy lot. They expect favours and goodwill from slogging gulf returnees ... if they don't get anything to fill in their pockets, they don't bother for their state citizens. ONLY the Kerala lobby can help people stranded from Kuwait to return home. It would be better if a representative from the Kuwait Kannadigas could directly interact with the Kerala Pravasi committee. They can surely work out a possibility.

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  • Naveen, kuwait - Mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Problem is our MP & MLA'S. they must take care of us. if there is any TULU KOOTA or KANNADA KOOTA programs, we are used to call these MP & MLA'S. now they don't need gulf people's. why they called VANDE BAHARAT MISSION? central government is taking us to free? how they did 1990? in 1990 everything as free. now this government taking more then twice for air ticket. this is called air left??

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Vande bharat mission became burning wound for our all coastal fellows.

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Under Vande Bharat mission, Indian Government is charging ticket fair close to rs 13000 to each of its passenger. Kuwait government is questioning to the Indian Government asking the reasons behind it.
    Discussion is still going on...let's wait and see

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  • Joshua, Mangalore/Dublin

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Reply to those who complain we don't have food
    When we were living with job we were wasting food cooking more than what we need and throw
    Me too born and brought up in a farmer family and I know how much difficult to collect grains from fields.
    We have to wait for 4 months to harvest. In between too much turmoil appear.
    Now we understand the value of food
    Corona taught a good lesson to mankind by standing hours together in a que for food
    Please don't waste food cook how much you need
    This Corona is only drizzling thundershowers yet to come
    Therefore be careful and stay healthy.

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  • Manoj B, mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    blaming to Indian government7004

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Are these people dumb? is he forgetting that Kuwait is totally shut down.

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  • Mrinal, Athradi/Udupi

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Babu...It's an Flight..not an Bullock Cart to despatch to Kuwait. Wants to do all arrangenents with Kuwaiti Government and wants to wait for there approval. Passengers needed to fly from India to Kuwait and wants to do arrangements for the same. Dont call our people dumb..are better than people from other countries to handle present situation. Preference given to those countries where in emergency is more.

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    I guess you too is sailing in the same boat... Do you know something they are not going to have Eid gathering also forget about your flight and approval, another thing even Kuwaiti airway also is totally shut. They don't want any movement.
    First find out then comment.

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Mrinal, "are better than people from other countries to handle present situation" This is why our migrant workers are still struggling to get to their own state and this is due to our own government b'coz they are not capable.
    Well!! We will take your comment as a joke, b'coz you maybe sleeping or joking.

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  • Abdul Jabbar, Mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Why are you changing your name everytime and commenting. Why are you soo scared ?

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Scared from You in fact you are scared instead of being bold in your own country.

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  • Lawrence Lobo, Mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    So sad situation of our kannadigas.

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