Assam starting from Wednesday is expecting at least four repatriation flights from Ukraine, Moscow, Philipines and Kuwait.
Sources stated that some repatriation flights are expected to land in Guwahati’s LGBI Airport between May 27 and June 5. “The flights scheduled to arrive next week are from Ukraine, Moscow, Philippines and Kuwait”, the source added.
However, the source did not reveal the exact dates or schedule of the flights nor did he mentioned the exact number of persons that will be coming back to the state or region.
A source informed that an estimate of 500 persons might come through the repatriation process under the Vande Bharat Mission.
Among the total persons coming, 136 persons will be coming from Kuwait to Tripura and Assam combined. These persons are in prisons in Kuwait and they will be deported between May 27 and June 4.
The 136 persons coming from Kuwait are in prisons of the country for various reasons but the exact causes are not known to the government yet.
Since several persons from Kuwait belong to Tripura, the government in Tripura had asked the Kuwait government to make arrangements for dropping the persons belonging to Tripura in Agartala airport but this request was denied by the Kuwait government. The flight will land in Guwahati only.
Repatriation is the process of a person – voluntarily or forcibly – to their place of origin or citizenship. It also applies to diplomatic envoys, international officials as well as expatriates and migrants in time of international crisis. In case of refugees, asylum seekers and illegal migrants, repatriation can either mean voluntary return or also deportation.
It may be mentioned that on Tuesday after the flight service resumed, 1,409 passengers arrived in Guwahati with 13 flights being landed. On Wednesday, there are 10 flights scheduled.