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Relief as 414 Goan seafarers from Italy scheduled to arrive on May 20

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Panaji: Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday gave clearance for three Chartered Flights for stranded Indians, mostly Goans, who were working on a ship from Italy to Goa.

MHA’s Under Secretary Pratap Singh Rawat, in an office memorandum issued, has said that the ministry has no objection to carrying out immigration functions in respect of 414 Indian nationals coming to India (Dabolim Airport, Goa) from Italy through three special flights arranged by M/s Costa Cruise company (tentatively on May 20,2020) subject to production of a No Objection Certificate from competent authorities in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Director General of Civil Aviation of Government of India.

“The airline shall also strictly adhere to the guidelines regarding COVID-19 issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of External Affairs and DGCA,” the memorandum reads.

Welcoming the order, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant tweeted “I thank the Ministry of Home Affairs and @MEAIndia for facilitating special chartered flights carrying 414 Goan seafarers from Italy to land at Dabolim airport at Goa.”

As per Goa government data, there are at least 7,000 Goans who were working on different ships are stranded across the globe.

Goa Seaman Association of India’s Founder President Dixon Vaz said that the it was a “good news” for the family members of these crew which was stranded on the ships.

“Finally we are happy that the Goans working on ships  are arriving directly to Goa by  chartered flights. We expect similar action to follow in future and all Goans who are stranded abroad and brought back home,” he added.

 

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1 COMMENT

  1. It’s a relief to them and their long suffering families. thanks to their company for going all out to obtain necessary permissions from India.
    Now will the CM also work extra hard to secure additional special flights to get all stranded Goans home. Enough is enough. They are stranded, tired, worried, stressed….and so are the families back in Goa. When will d Govt show some concern and address this issue on priority?
    Please arrange for urgent flights from the UAE and elsewhere to get our Goans back home. No more delays….let them reach home 2 stay safe from this pandemic .

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