Ensuring the return of the stranded Indians, the congressional leader tells PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Leader of the opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala on Saturday he urged the prime minister Narendra Modi to facilitate the return of stranded Indians worldwide as a result of the prolonged blockade of the coronavirus.

Chennithala said any decision to extend the blockade that ends on April 14 is welcome, but that it is imperative to ensure that people's needs are met.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the opposition leader said that stranded expatriate communities in different countries, especially in the Gulf, are in great difficulty.

People in the labor camps and in the departments are extremely vulnerable and face food shortages, essential medical needs, among others, he said.

Even people who have contracted COVID-19 do not receive adequate medical or ambulance facilities, he said, and looked for a special budget package for NRIs to help those in need.