Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is flying to Cairns, Australia, on an official trip, has suffered a "precarious" lost-baggage problem, leaving her with virtually stranded in Sydney.
In a series of tweets, the minister appeared distressed. "On board my connecting flight to Cairns. All my formal wear in the lost suitcase! Not sure I can buy saries in Cairns. Situation precarious!"
Just so we can be of any help, we suggest the minister take a trip to the Saree Shop, Sydney. It's just round the corner on 42, Station Street East, near Harris Park, NSW 2150.
The minister, slated to participate in the G20 finance ministers' meet, found her checked-in luggage missing when she landed at Sydney to change planes to Cairns, according to a tweet she posted around 4 am Friday IST.
Landed in Sydney to take a connecting flight to Cairns. My checked in luggage not traceable. :( :(— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) September 18, 2014
On board my connecting flight to Cairns. All my formal wear in the lost suitcase! Not sure I can buy Saris in Cairns! Situation precarious!— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) September 18, 2014
The minister appears to have had a rather pleasant flight into Syndey, listening to Air India's rich collection of on-board entertainment. "#Air India - had a word of praise for the music collection on board. But now my luggage missing. Hopefully you'll get in time for me."
The minister is personally hunting for her stuff. But "I can't be going into areas where am not allowed, even to search", she said in another post.
Air India manager Madhu Mathen later said the lost baggae has been traced and it will be reaching Cairns in next six hours.
G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting is scheduled to be held in Cairns and expected to be attended by delegates, their families and staff from 24 countries and 12 international organisations, such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the United Nations.
(With PTI inputs)