Panaji: The Indian Embassy in Japan is making arrangements to bring back Indian sailors, including crew members from Goa, who are currently stranded onboard the cruise-liner Diamond Princess off the Japanese coast in view of the coronavirus scare, Indian Ambassador to Japan Sanjay Kumar Varma said on Wednesday. Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra Records 8998 Fresh Cases, 3 Weekly Markets Closed in Palghar District | Key Points
Varma, in a communication to Narendra Sawaikar, Commissioner for NRI (non-resident Indian) Affairs in Goa, also said that the 135 odd Indian sailors onboard the cruise-liner would return back to India soon. Also Read - BMC Makes 7-Day Institutional Quarantine Mandatory For Passengers Arriving from Brazil
“We have been issuing regular informative messages on our Twitter handle as well as our Facebook page. May I request to refer to them for timely updates. Please rest assured that the arrangements for bringing them back to India is being made and very soon they will be in their motherland,” Varma said in his letter to Sawaikar. Also Read - Railways Raises Platform Ticket Price to Rs 50 at Key Mumbai Stations: Full List of Stations Here
Sawaikar looks after the affairs of the sizeable Goan expatriate community. His office serves as a liaising agency between them and the state government.
The Goa NRI Commissioner had on Tuesday written to the Indian Embassy in Japan about the anxiety of the parents of Goan sailors onboard the Diamond Princess, a British-registered cruise ship, which is operated by Princess Cruises.