All arrangements made for evacuated Indian nationals in Kyrgyzstan: MEA

     The Government on Wednesday said that the 105 Indian nationals, safely evacuated by the Embassy of India from south Kyrgyzstan, are in Bishkek and due arrangements for their accommodation at university hostels and meals have been made. In a statement Ministry of External Affairs' spokesman Vishnu Prakash said: "105 Indian nationals who were safely evacuated by the Embassy of India from Southern Kyrgyzstan, are in Bishkek. Arrangements for their stay at university hostels and meals have been made by our Mission." "The Government's primary concern in situations of distress for Indian nationals is to get them out of harm's way by the fastest possible means. This is precisely what was achieved when the Embassy chartered an aircraft to bring our nationals from troubled Osh and Jalal-Abad to Bishkek," he added. He informed that some of these students are planning to stay on in Bishkek, while some others want to come to India for summer vacations. "Commercial and chartered flights are operating normally in and out of Bishkek and our Mission is assisting the students with the travel arrangements," the spokesman said. The ministry informed that in accordance with established consular procedures, the Mission has offered to buy tickets for those students who may be facing temporary financial difficulties. "In such cases, as per Government rules, the passport is handed over to the Mission which issues an Emergency Certificate and procures a one-way ticket to India. The individual, who avails of the facility, repays the money to the Government in due course and gets his passport back. This offer is available to all the students who were evacuated from Osh and Jalal-Abad," he added. "It is understood that a couple of chartered flights are likely to operate within the coming days between Bishkek and India. We are hopeful that all students who wish to travel to India will be able to do so. Some of the students have left their passports in Osh or have visas that have expired. Our Embassy is providing them with free passport to facilitate their travel," the spokesman further said.

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