A migrant worker from the state of Odisha Mr. Sia had been unemployed in the Kingdom for the past four months. He was unable to return home in the first flight to the Temple City as he had not received his final dues from his employer.
“I have been stranded away from home for far too long. My colleagues and I were in despair until Arun Bhai informed us about a second flight at a reduced price. We thank him and his team for the support they provided us during this difficult time”, he said. Mr. Sia will be accompanied by several other travellers, mainly constituting of migrant workers who will fly to Bhubaneswar via Delhi on the 11th of July, 2020 by Air India Flight number AI 0940 at 1pm and the flight will land at 10.20pm night at the Biju Patnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar.
Passengers also expressed their joy over the significant reduction of the air fare which was taken into consideration after multiple requests were made by Dr. Arun Kumar Praharaj, Founder, Bahrain Odia Samaj. Whilst the first flight from Bahrain to Bhubaneswar was priced at BD 146 (Rs.30,000/-), fares for the second have been reduced to BD 126 (Rs. 26,000/-). “The reduction has definitely made it possible for us to go back home at a much more affordable rate,” said one passenger.
Dr. Praharaj was present at the Air India ticket collecting booth today along with his Executive Committee members, Mr. Subas Sahoo, Mr. Himanshu Taldi , Ms. Arunita and Mrs. Sunita Praharaj when the Air Tickets were issued for the Air India Flight for Bhubaneswar. They provided required support and assistance to the passengers and the Air India officials to comply with the formalities pertaining to issuance of tickets and payment. Keeping COVID-19 guidelines in mind, no large gatherings at the Air India office were entertained and social distancing was maintained at the location.
Dr. Praharaj along with his committee members and all stranded Odias expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Shri Dhramendra Pradhan, Petroleum Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, Honourable Minister Shri Ranendra Pratap Swain, Shri Rahul Shrivastava, Joint secretary Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in Bahrain for their kind support, without which a second flight from Bahrain to Bhubaneswar was next to impossible.
“I am grateful for the blessings of the Mahaprabhu for enabling me and my team with the opportunity to serve our community. I am now praying for a safe and smooth return journey for all the passengers to their motherland,” Dr. Praharaj said.
Dr. Arun Kumar Praharaj
Bahrain Odia Samaj