Families of men stranded in Libya appeal to the Centre to evacuate them at the earliest
Families of those stranded in Libya have alleged that while governments of other countries have already evacuated almost all their citizens from Libya,the Government of India was acting too slow even though thousands of Indians are stranded in remote areas of the trouble-torn country.
Former Union minister and Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) chief Balwant Singh Ramoowalia,who has been approached by over two dozen families here to take up the matter with the government,said only 1,134 of the total around 18,000 Indians stranded there had been evacuated till now.
There is hardly any effort being made to manage this crisis and we dont even know who are the key officials in the Union government who should be contacted when condition in Libya is deteriorating with each passing day, said Ramoowalia.
The families of a few Indians stuck in Libya were present at the press conference. Surjit Kaur of Khassan village in Kapurthala district said her son and five more youths from the village were stranded in Sirte city of Libya. She said they had been calling home and telling them that they had almost nothing to eat and no medicines to treat ailments.
Ramoowalia said he had written to External Affairs Minister S M Krishna with specific names of the cities other than Tripoli where hundreds of Punjabis were stranded and had no means to travel to the capital.
He said he had got complaints that passports of the people stranded there had been kept by the companies,which were demanding money to return these. LBP general secretary Ramandeep Singh Bharowal said those stranded were mostly from poor families.
Rehab cell for immigrants
Chandigarh: To facilitate the rehabilitation of immigrants of Punjab origin from Libya after political turmoil there,the Punjab government has constituted a Rehabilitation Cell (0172-2740173) headed by Director,Disaster Management,Bhawna Garg here in the Civil Secretariat. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in a meeting on Wednesday. A government spokesperson said an apex committee comprising Financial Commissioner,Revenue,A R Talwar,Principal Secretary,Home,D S Bains and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister D S Guru had been constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary S C Agrawal to look into the policy issues involved in the rehabilitation process. The state government has also set up a help desk at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi under the supervision of Resident Commissioner,Punjab Bhawan,New Delhi,K Siva Parsad to extend all possible assistance to the immigrants from Libya to enable them to comfortably reach their destinations in India.