- The government of Tamil Nadu has restricted the entry of flights into the state.
Over 700 medical students studying in Kyrgyzstan, who are natives of Tamil Nadu, have been asked to evacuate the place owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, with no direct flights to Chennai under the Vande Bharat mission, the students are now left in a lurch. They have urged the government of Tamil Nadu to arrange for special flights for their transit.
There are about 300 Tamil students who have managed to reach India under the Vande Bharat mission. However, the lack of flights has left the others with no option to come back to the home country.
A stranded student said that the only option that they have now is to take flight to Delhi and stay in quarantine for seven days and then find a domestic flight to fly to Tamil Nadu. He also said that the no option of direct flights to Chennai has worsened things for them.
The centre has said that the government of Tamil Nadu has restricted the number of Vande Bharat flights into their state. However, when a case was filed by DMK for hearing on June 29. The centre then informed the High court that the Tamil Nadu government had requested for restricted entry of flights into the state.
The plight of the students in Kyrgyzstan is bad. They have received little to no help from people since the lockdown was imposed there. While the last flight to Chennai operated on July 4, there are no flights for the next days 15 days. Despite this, the government had asked the students to evacuate. The government at Kyrgyzstan has said they were not responsible for Indian students.
The students in addition, complained that they do not get medicines for common flu or cold.