Bhubaneswar, June 3 (Local Wire): Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has now written to the Civil Aviation Ministry to consider repatriating stranded Odias from foreign countries.
He urged the ministries to consider extending the benefits of the Vande Bharat Mission to bring back the Odias from the United Kingdom, Sri Landa and Middle East countries.
“I have received several representations from Odia persons living abroad requesting for their repatriation directly to Bhubaneswar.
The Odia community representatives living in GCC countries, UK and Sri Lanka have made specific requests,” he said.
He also added, “As they are in good numbers in these countries, point to point direct flights may be arranged from the cities like Dubai, Doha, Damman, Muscat, Bahrain, Colombo and London to Bhubaneswar which would also make commercial sense for the airlines.”