Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan told the Rajya Sabha that the government is making efforts to relax travel restrictions for Indian students enrolled in foreign universities.
Many countries imposed travel restrictions for Indians after India was hit by a devastating second wave of the pandemic. “The Ministry (MEA) is making efforts to relax travel restrictions, wherever possible, to make it possible for Indian students enrolled in foreign universities to travel to the respective countries,” he said in response to a query.
“Our missions abroad are actively taking up these issues with the respective governments and influencing those governments to ease travel restrictions,” the minister said. He said that the issue of travel restrictions has been raised with many countries at the ministerial level.
He said, “Travel restrictions are being eased for Indian students to travel to several countries including USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Georgia, etc. On the other hand, if the situation improves, more countries are expected to open at the time of Kovid.
Muraleedharan said the welfare of Indians abroad, including students, is the top priority of the government. Responding to a separate question on fighting the pandemic, he said the government’s efforts have been focused on fighting the pandemic effectively as well as mitigating its effects.
He said, “Through its national efforts and international cooperation, India is trying to fight the ongoing pandemic. There has been more than one wave of coronavirus pandemic in the country.”
He said, “In these emerging circumstances, the statements made by the government are focused on India’s national efforts, international cooperation and the prevailing/present situation of the pandemic.”
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