Hasnain Masoodi calls for immediate steps for return of stranded Kashmiris


Jammu and Kashmir National conference Member of Parliament from Anantnag (Retd) Justice Hasnain Masoodi on Friday expressed dismay over the lack of concern of the government towards the plight of stranded people including businessmen, students and evacuees from Iran, urging the government to take immediate steps for their return.

Masoodi who has been assiduously following the repatriation of all stranded Kashmiri students, devotees and businessmen from COVID-19 hit countries put the government on spot for not coming to the rescue of those stranded at various cities across the country. “I have been getting various SOS calls from the stranded Kashmiri students, labourers, businessmen and scores of evacuees from Iran and other countries presently putting up in various quarantine centres. The quarantine period and the required SOP’s issued by the ministry of home for the return of all evacuees from Iran and others quarantined at Mumbai, Jodhpur has already been carried out properly by the local authorities in those citifies.  Therefore the government must take immediate steps to bring all those all satisfying the required SOPs to Srinagar,” he said.

Member of Parliament while referring to the plight of Kashmiri students in Bangladesh, Krygistan said that the government should take immediate steps to repatriate all those without any further delay. “In addition to that the government should come to the rescue of all those including students, businessmen, labourers stranded in various cities in Haryana, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. These people are running out of money; the lockdown has added to their miseries. They are going through turbulent times in wake of the countrywide lockdown and scarcity of essentials.  Their predicament has aggravated with no means of transport around, hence the government is duty bound to come to their rescue and ensuring their safe return to Kashmir. I have mostly received distress calls of stranded students, labourers, and businessmen from Solan, Hamirpur, Jalandhar, Jodhpur, and various other towns and cities of Uttrakhand, Haryana, and Rajasthan. The kith and kin of those stranded are worried for them, and rightly so because they do not have necessary access to proper sanitation, masks, food. I, therefore, urge the government to repatriate them to J&K. Meantime, special care should be taken of all those stranded in various parts of the country to ensure their wellbeing. “


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