Bhubaneswar: Under Vande Bharat Mission-4, a second flight from Bahrain to Odisha through Air India is scheduled on July 11.
This has bought a sigh of relief for many stranded Odia diaspora who could not board the earlier flight for various reasons on June 20, which evacuated 145 Odia from the island nation, said a press communiqué issued by the Bahrain Odia Samaj this evening.
In the meanwhile, Bahrain Odia Samaj has been extending all possible help to its diaspora, such as widely disseminating information about the flight, guiding interested people to register themselves for repatriation and helping people to obtain tickets.
This is in addition to other humanitarian activities that the Samaj has taken since the outbreak of Corona pandemic in mid-February and this includes distribution of ration to those in need.
As observed in other parts of the world, the Corona pandemic has led to economic misery and many people have lost their source of livelihood.
“Such people were in dire need of immediate repatriation and this flight arrangement has come at the most opportune time,” said Bahrain Odia Samaj President Tapan Mishra.
We shall continue with our humanitarian work, he added.
Scheduling the second flight within 3 weeks from the first repatriation flight has really helped the Odia diaspora who were interested to return back, but were left out earlier for some reasons, said General Secretary Susmita Rout.
Members of the Bahrain Odia Samaj have expressed deep sense of gratitude to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik, Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of External Affairs Dr S. Jaishankar, Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri and Second Secretary, Indian Embassy in Bahrain Norbu Negi for ensuring the safe return of its people.