Mangaluru: Chartered flight to ferry Kuwait Kannadigas home on July 4

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jul 2: Flights organised by the central government under its Vande Bharat Mission and chartered flights have been bringing back resident Indians and those who got stranded during their temporary visits at various countries. However, Kannadigas from Karnataka coast who have been desperately waiting to be flown back home, had only disappointment in store.

For the Kannadigas stranded in Kuwait, only one direct flight had been arranged to Bengaluru and Mangaluru. The flights booked thereafter got cancelled one after the other because of different reasons.

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At last, due to the efforts made by former MLC Capt Ganesh Karnik and MP Shobha Karandlaje, the state government has set July 4 as the date for a direct chartered flight from Kuwait to the city.

A chartered flight carrying people from Karnataka struck at Kuwait was to fly to the city four days back. The flight, arranged with the efforts put on by Kuwait Kerala Muslim organisation, had also dawn the support of Dakshina Kannada district administration and IndiGo. The flight was cancelled at the last minute. It was said that the state government's clearance had not been given. People who had given up their rented accommodation in expectation of returning to India were left repenting. Now, under a fresh effort launched under the leadership of Capt Ganesh Karnik, Kuwait Kannadigas will be able to return to the city. In the past, chartered flights from Kuwait to Bengaluru had arrived on June 2 and to Mangaluru on June 17.




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  • Anand, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    There are approximate 70000 peope from Mangalore in Kuwait. Only people without Jobs, or emergency, they want to go back.

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  • smr, Karkala

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Late Prime Minister V.P. Singh’s evacuated more than 111,000 Indians trapped in Kuwait by Iraq’s 1990 invasion of the country.

    V.P. Singh during his prime ministership, decision-making process in 1990 the first thing he thought about, before considering even the foreign exchange crisis that Iraq’s invasion would trigger, was the security of the 170,000 Indians who were working in Kuwait at the time. Although Saddam Hussein’s government assured us that it would keep them safe, most of Indians there wanted to come home. So when ferrying them back directly from Kuwait proved too difficult to arrange, Singh got Saddam Hussein to agree to our transporting them 1120 kms overland via Basra to Amman and flying them home from there.

    That aircraft then flew flawlessly 16 to 18 hours every day for the next two months, till all the 111,000-plus who had wanted to return had been repatriated. All in all, Air India and Indian Airlines flew 488 return flights. Till today, that remains the largest rescue airlift the world has known.

    V.P. Singh never even considered charging the Indians stuck in Kuwait in 1990 for no fault of their own. Not only is Modi charging Indians stranded abroad by COVID-19 but also the millions of poor trapped by his lockdown decision.

    In PM Modi's regime NRI's need to lease Charted flight to go back to their country paying thrice the basic fare which late PM VP Singh provide free of cost.

    Jai Hind

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    I remember the evacuation of Indians from Kuwait during the Kuwait war in 1990. I was told that the Iraqi soldiers were very respectful and courteous towards Indians leaving Kuwait. One must admire the leadership of late PM V.P. Singh.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Dakshin Kannada district, is now on the threshold of an alarming rise in Covid19 cases... Arrivals from inflected nations and other states of our country, will pose a very serious threat to the local residents, in the entire region !!! The city has just one government Wenlock hospital. How on earth, will they cater to new rising positive patients ?? Private hospitals will cater to the rich, but where will the common citizens go for medical treatment ??? Will they be left to perish on the streets ???

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Almaida....only people in dire need wants to go back home. They are going to their own home after quarantine. These people have lost job, no shelter and food to some extent! Desire to reach their own home at the time of sever distress is all the more their birth right! If Mangalore has only one govt hospital...its govt hospital! You being such a great supporter of govt ruling party...urge them to open more hospitals and health care! Situation is not too bad....politicians saying at top of their voice that they will arrange make shift hospitals if need arises!!

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Bro, may i remind you that for more then six decades, Karnataka was ruled by non BJP regime... My parents who were well educated in Mangalore, had to flee this city due to non availability of suitable employment... Likewise healthcare infrastructure was surrendered to powerful syndicates, who have made huge unaccounted wealth by taking capitation donations !!! There are no industries which can provide decent livelihood for the educated residing in the region. Expatriates have been retrenched, are arriving back home.... they have to be 100% clean, else the consequences will be disastrous !!! Another major hurdle is to find suitable employment !!!!

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  • wils, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Those with Job in kuwait at present nobody wants travel home as terms and conditions to return back yet to come.People with Emergency situation with no other option to travel back home only can understand seriousness of what is happening with them.4th phase kuwait vande bharat out of 101 Go air flights only 2 flights for bangalore ????indian Embassy registartion only for namesake.they will not give call or reply ur mail..Charter flights also expensive as nearly 33k flight ticket ,new rules of goverment of Karnataka 25k hotel Quarantine need to pay in advance to get seat confirmed.

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  • alwyn, manglr

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    cant they sit in their place. and adjust 2 more mnths. why people travel only during lockdown, restrictions. burden on manglore. karma. past people r still on quarantine. why they alow more.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    alwyn, manglr
    Where else do you want them to go - Jump in the Indian Ocean ...

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    That is good news for Kuwaiti Kannadigas and also for the families who are eagerly waiting for them in Mangalore airport. But I hope it is not postponed or cancelled at the last minute.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Safe Journey ...

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  • Dhanyesh, Suratkal/Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Priyadidi arranged locally 1000 bus...still to come.

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  • Dhanyesh, Suratkal/Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Thanks Shobhadidi for taking initiative.

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