Hyderabad: G Ranjith Reddy, the MP from Chevella, has asked the Minister for External Affairs to bring back Indian citizens who are stranded in the United Kingdom.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, all commerical international flights were banned from March 24, resulting in several Indian citizens being stuck abroad.
In an attempt to address this, the minister wrote to the Ministry of External Affairs saying, "I am given to understand that Air India is going to run six flights- four from Delhi and two from Mumbai-very soon to take back citizens of UK stuck in India."
The parliamentarian put forth that the same flights can be used to bring back Indian students who are stranded in various parts of UK. "380 Indian students from different universities have submitted representation /request to the Indian High Commissioner in UK requesting help to go back to India... There are as many as 50 students from Telangana state and I am flooded with requests to rescue them," he said.
The minister further added that there have been reports in UK regarding the UK administration " has asked foreigners to fend for themselves as they are finding it extremely difficult to help them. This has further crated panic in the minds of Indians in the UK."
Meanwhile, the British government has announced flights from India to UK for British nationals in India. Flights have been announced from Goa to London Stanstead next week. The flights are scheduled for 8, 10 and 12 April.
From Mumbai and Delhi, the flight will be to London Heathrow on 9 and 11 April.