Bhubaneswar: Around 350 migrants from Odisha stranded in erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh were evacuated and brought to Bhubaneswar in three Air Asia flights on Sunday.
It was done in accordance with the State Government’s decision that person stranded in remote parts of the country, where Rail Services are not available and also travelling on road is not possible, will be evacuated by Air.
Flights carrying stranded migrant workers from Anantnag, Rajouri, Poonch, Jammu and Samba districts of erstwhile J&K and Kangra, Una districts of Himachal Pradesh arrived at 1330, 1430 and 1530 hrs today.
Dedicated teams of officers of the Odisha Government intensively interacted with the concerned State Governments and also the migrant workers, completed the formalities required under the COVID-19 protocols and made every arrangement to bring those workers to the concerned Airports by picking them up from different pockets of erstwhile J&K and Himachal Pradesh.
Another flight with stranded migrants will be brought from Andaman & Nicobar Islands tomorrow. Odisha Government has already evacuated more than 280 migrant workers from Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam. They were from far flung districts of these States.
The mission will continue till all migrant workers safely return to the State.