Indian citizens stranded abroad to be brought in on May 7: Center to SC

NEW DELHI: The Center told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that Indian citizens, who are stranded in foreign countries following the blockade and travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, would be returned from May 7 onward.

The government reported on measures taken to address the problems of stranded Indian citizens on a bench led by Judge Ashok Bhushan, who was listening via videoconference to a request from the Center for management to ensure safe passage for migrant workers, who come from Nepal and are stranded

The superior court was also urged to instruct the government to bring back Indian citizens who are trapped in Nepal.

Attorney General Tushar Mehta told the court, which also includes Judges SK Kaul and BR Gavai, that he was instructed on the matter that all stranded Indian citizens abroad in various countries, including Nepal, would be brought back from 7 May onwards.

The lead lawyer, who introduced himself to the petitioner, told the bank that many of the migrant workers stranded on the India-Nepal border in Uttarakhand were allowed to return to Nepal, but more than 200 of them, who are currently in places like Champawat, they have not been sent. still come back.

He said that around 1,000 Indian citizens are also stranded in Nepal and that they are in a precarious situation there.

Mehta told the bank that the stranded Indians in Nepal made food, medicine and other necessary materials available and that the government is in contact with the consulate there.

The bank dropped the petition in light of the statements made by both parties.

On April 30, the petitioner told the high court that around 1,700 migrant workers from Nepal were stranded on the India-Nepal border in Uttarakhand amid the national closure and the Center should allow them to return to their country.

The higher court was hearing an appeal challenging the order of April 20, from which it had observed that no order can be issued to the central government to accelerate the repatriation of Nepalese citizens through diplomatic channels, since the issuance of said Address would amount to an intrusion into the field reserved for the Union Government.

Even in another way, the petitioner himself admits that, in view of the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, the Government of Nepal has also declared a national blockade and no one can cross the border of Nepal, the higher court said in his order. . .

In the appeal filed in the high court through lawyer Satya Mitra, Goswami alleged that the high court unfairly refused to grant aid to around 1,700 migrant workers, who are stranded on the India-Nepal border and in the districts of Champawat in Uttarakhand and wish to return to their country.

During the superior court arguments on April 30, Gonsalves had said that the Nepalese Supreme Court had on April 7 ordered the Government of Nepal to allow its stranded citizens on the Indian side of the border to cross the border and enter the country.

During the arguments before the superior court, the state attorney had said that the Uttarakhand government had established makeshift shelters to house them in the Pithoragarh and Champawat districts and that they were being given food, water and other necessary items daily, among others.