Delhi High Court: No New Guidelines to be Issued for the Indians Stuck Abroad

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In the United Nurses Association Through Its President v. Union of India and Ors. Herein, the Association filed a writ petition. The Petition pleaded the Court to direct the Central Government to bring back people stuck overseas. 

Brief Facts of the Case 

The plea was to bring back 56 pregnant healthcare workers. Especially, to provide health support to pregnant women from Saudi Arabia. Further, the Petitioner asserted the Court to direct the government to follow Standard Operating Protocol (SOP). Through this, The Union of India issued the SOP for bringing the Indians back to the country. 

Contention of the Petitioner 

The Petitioner said that the Priority should be given to Pregnant healthcare workers. Since they require immediate medical and psycho-socio support.

Contention of the Respondent

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The Respondent in its reply submitted the guidelines prevailing. Further, the Ministry of Home Affairs also follows these guidelines. 

The guidelines gave priority to: 
– Cases in distress;
– Migrant workers/labourers who have laid off;
– Short term visa holders with the expiry of visas;
– Persons with medical emergency/pregnant women/elderly; and
– Those required to return to India due to the death of the family member.

Held

The Court held that the Government followed the SOP. Furthermore, it found that there was no need to organise flights from Saudi Arabia. That in conclusion, the government has taken all the necessary steps.

Therefore, no new guidelines ought to be issued.


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