Around 600,000 Nepalis stranded in foreign countries are desperately waiting to return home.
The Nepali Government is striving to control and prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country. And, it seems to be successful so far.
Even though Nepal has witnessed a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in the last few days, the total tally is almost negligible when compared to other countries.
In contrast, the Nepali Government seems to overlook the situation of the Nepali migrant workers stranded across various foreign countries.
According to the Foreign Employment Board, almost 600,000 Nepalis stranded in various countries are desperately waiting to return home. Over 250,000 Nepalis are stranded in India alone.
Moreover, the coronavirus statistics by the Non-resident Nepali Association (NRNA) reveals that the situation of them is very daunting, especially those in American and European countries.
According to the NRNA, around 5,300 Nepalis were infected and almost 100 have died across various countries due to coronavirus infection.
However, the Nepali Government has not initiated at least one repatriation plan to rescue its citizens.
Lately, Nepali Finance Minister Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada has declared that the government has no plan to rescue stranded Nepalis from foreign countries including India.
The government has felt that protecting the stranded Nepalis at their respective locations is the best option than repatriating them to Nepal.
The Minister said that the Nepali Government is ready to bear expenses for their protection if necessary.
“Continuous diplomatic endeavors have been made with the state heads of several countries where we have agreed to provide services to foreign nationals here and asked for favor for ours at their places,” said Minister Dr. Khatiwada.