Bhubaneswar: In a major development, Odisha government on Wednesday decided to airlift stranded migrant workers in inaccessible areas across the country in view of the COVID pandemic.
“Due to lockdown in the entire country in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic situation, Odisha government has undertaken a mission to safely bring back all the migrant workers stranded in different parts of the country. Government decided that person stranded in remote parts from where rail services are not available and also travelling on road is not possible, will be evacuated by Air,” an official said.
Notably, more than 300 persons from Odisha stranded in Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Assam of which as many as 180 persons from north east region were brought by Air Asia Flight to Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.
Flight carrying migrant workers from Manipur landed at Bhubaneswar Airport at 2.30 PM today. Another flight carrying migrant workers from Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya will arrive at Bhubaneswar Airport today late in the evening carrying 138 migrant workers stranded in Tinsukia, Silchar, Dimapur, Kamarup and Siva Sagar districts of Assam and also in Meghalaya.
Dedicated teams of officers of the Odisha Government intensively interacted with the concerned State Governments and also the migrant workers, who are being brought back to the state, completed the formalities required under the COVID-19 protocols and made every arrangement to bring those workers to the concerned Airports by picking up them from different pockets of Assam, Manipur and Meghalay in vehicles.
The mission will continue till all migrant workers safely return to the state, the official added.