Only 110 Keralites affected by the Nitaqat policy of Saudi Arabia have come forward to avail themselves of the free air travel facility offered by the State government for their return.

In view of the shortage of applicants, the government has changed its plan to charter flights to bring back Keralites hit by the policy. Instead, the applicants will be offered free tickets on commercial flights, Minister for Non-Resident Keralite Affairs K.C. Joseph said on Tuesday. The Minister said in an official release that an aircraft could be chartered only if there were 150 to 200 passengers from a centre by November 20. So far, only 110 people had applied to the regional advisory committees formed by NoRKA in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam.

He said those who could not return till now should apply to the regional committees.

  • Government changes plan to charter flights

  • Applicants to be offered free tickets on commercial flights

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