Nineteen Punjabis returned to the country from strife-torn Iraq on Saturday and were received by state chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, who was deputed by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal to ensure their hassle-free clearances at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi.
A spokesperson of the CM office said that out of 19 Punjabis who arrived at IGI Airport, 12 reached in a special flight of a Sharjah Airlines and seven came, along with the 46 Kerala nurses also freed, in an Indian airlines chartered plane. The chief secretary, accompanied by the resident commissioner, Punjab Bhawan, New Delhi, K Siva Prasad, oversaw the procedure of migration clearance as many of those returning from Iraq did not have valid documents or immigration papers in possession.
A spokesperson said two senior officers from Punjab Bhawan in New Delhi have been deputed at IGI Airport immigration section, around the clock, to help Punjabis returning from Iraq.
The spokesperson said elaborate arrangements for the returnees’ comfortable stay, food besides medical aid, if needed, had been made at Punjab Bhawan, apart from free transport to native places.