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Iraq crisis: Punjab to pay expenses for bringing back stranded men

PTI  Chandigarh, June 21, 2014
First Published: 15:29 IST(21/6/2014) | Last Updated: 18:28 IST(21/6/2014)

With over 200 people from Punjab stranded in strife-torn Iraq, the state government has decided to bear the expenses for bringing them back safely.

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Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has also decided that the state government would reimburse the distressed families for the phone calls made to that country, a spokesperson said.

The state government would bear the entire expenditure of bringing the trapped persons back to their homes safely.

READ: All Punjabis in Iraq are safe: Sushma to Badal

Badal had also conveyed this matter to the external affairs ministry for ensuring the safe and prompt return of Punjabis, the spokesman said.

The CM has decided that the state government would repay the entire international expenditure incurred by them on making these calls, he said.

"Badal is in constant touch with the union external affairs ministry over this issue has also impressed upon the Government of India to ensure that every Indian in general is safely evacuated from Iraq, regardless of possessing valid immigration papers," he said.

The Punjab Government on Friday had submitted a detailed report of more than 200 Punjabis stranded in Iraq to the ministry.

Untill Friday evening more than 200 families had contacted the control room, set up by the state for giving details about their relatives.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party's Punjab affairs incharge Manish Sisodia has assured full support of his party to bring back the stranded Indians in Iraq.

Sisodia said that AAP had directed all its four Punjab MPs to contact the aggrieved families.

"If needed our leaders are ready even to go to Iraq to provide any help to Indians there," he said.

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