Owing to the novel pandemic, expatriates stranded in Bahrain are appealing to the government back home. In line with this, Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah held a video conference with Kannadiga Businessmen in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Dubai that shed light on the plight of Kannadigas amidst the novel pandemic revealed the Indian Overseas Congress, Bahrain (IOC).

President of IOC Bahrain Mohammad Mansoor explained the present issues faced by Kannadigas in Bahrain.

He highlighted that of the thousands stranded in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE majority of them were pregnant women, the elderly and patients who needed immediate medical attention.

The former CM was urged to start the operation of repatriation flights from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Mangaluru and Bengaluru. Repatriation flights in the current schedule of Vande Bharat Mission were requested.

The businessmen appealed to the former CM to communicate the matter as the need of the hour to the current chief minister of Karnataka B S Yediyurappa and Union Minister.

The video conference saw Sheikh Karnire, Director of Operations Expertise Contracting Co., Mohammad Gayazulla, Secretary IOC Bahrain, Ismaeel CEO of Realtech Industrial Services among others in attendance.

Meanwhile, in Karnataka the COVID-19 information portal ‘warroom.karnataka.gov.in’ was launched by the Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan on Saturday. The portal is an interactive interface that has near real-time update of COVID-19 bed occupancy, ICU occupancy, oxygen occupancy and ventilator occupancy in every district across Karnataka.