M.K. Raghavan, MP, has appealed to the government to make arrangements for rehabilitation of Indians who have been forced to return from Libya owing to the conflict there.

Mr. Raghavan raised the issue in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, his office here said in a press note.

Mr. Raghavan appreciated the efforts being made to evacuate Indians from Libya, but pointed out that only about 12,000 of the 18,000 Indian there had so far been brought home.

He said those who had returned home were penniless. The education of their children, health and employment were some of the major concerns the government should address since “unlike the Kuwait war returnees, these people are not eligible for any UN assistance.”

As almost all the children of the evacuees had lost their school certificates, both the Central and the State governments should give them admission in the nearby Kendriya Vidyalayas or in government or private schools. They should also get fee exemption and be given books and uniform free of cost, Mr. Raghavan said in the Lok Sabha. He also wanted the government to give them free insurance cover and bank loans at subsidised rates.  

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