The government is working to find ways for bringing back Bangladeshi nationals who got stuck in a number of cities in India, officials said.
There are broadly three categories of Bangladesh nationals currently in India – who are willing to stay back but facing cash crisis, students and those who are released from hospitals after necessary treatment, an official told the news agency on Sunday.
Talking to the news agency, another official said that they were still counting the figures and as of now it was less than 500.
Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi is in touch with the ministry of foreign affairs to work out a proper plan as the Bangladeshi citizens in India were not just from one city.
Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi will have a meeting to discuss ways how this issue can be addressed, said an official.
Meanwhile, state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam had requested the Bangladeshi citizens in India, who were yet to be registered, to get enlisted with Bangladesh High Commission including their names, locations, passport numbers, age and mobile phone numbers.
‘We’re hearing that some Bangladeshi citizens got stuck and they are facing problems to stay there,’ he said adding that the high commission had already prepared a primary list.
Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi can be reached through 8595552494 while Mumbai Mission can be reached by 9833159930.
The state minister said that it would be helpful for them to take next step if they get a complete list.
‘Until we are able to bring you back to Bangladesh, we will try to make sure that local authorities take care of your demands,’ he said in a Facebook message.
The state minister said that those who were willing to return would have to go for 14 days quarantine either at Ashkona Hajj Camp or hospitals.
It is not yet decided whether the Bangladesh nationals will be brought back by a chartered flight, an official told UNB.
Meanwhile, there might be an alternative arrangement for those who are in Kolkata, he said.
India is currently going through a 21-day lockdown to slow the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the British government had said that they had no plans to introduce repatriation flights from Dhaka but were monitoring the situation closely.
British High Commission in Dhaka had said that they were working with the Bangladeshi authorities and airlines to support British nationals who wanted to leave Bangladesh and return to the United Kingdom.
‘We have been told that flights will resume on 7 April and we are monitoring this closely,’ said the high commission in its latest travel advisory on Sunday.
The British government is ‘prioritising repatriation flights’ in countries where there are very large numbers of stranded British nationals, where there have been no commercial options available for some time, and where no further flights are scheduled for the foreseeable future, the latest travel advisory reads.
The United States had said that the voluntary return of the United States’ citizens from Bangladesh was not unique case as US citizens from other countries were also returning to the US based on their personal choices.
‘It's not just happening in Bangladesh. This is not unique for Bangladesh,’ a spokesperson at the US Embassy in Dhaka said on Sunday.
The spokesperson said this was a temporary measure and the US citizens would be returning to Bangladesh again once the situation improves globally.
The US Department of State and US Embassy in Dhaka had arranged a special chartered flight for US citizens and their families.
The special flight would be departing from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Monday.
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