India Lockdown news: Stuck in India, a Rs 6.7 crore plan to fly back to jobs, family in US | India News

HYDERABAD: A large number of Indians working in the US, who are stuck in India because of the lockdown, are putting together a plan, which will cost a small fortune, just to get back to the US to save their jobs. They have started pooling their resources to collect $900,000 (approximately Rs 6.75 crore) so that they can charter a flight to get back to the US.
“When I got the initial quote of $900,000 (from a company in California), I thought a flight would be tough to fill up, but as soon as word got around on social media, there was a tremendous response with many people saying they would pay up,” said an H-1B visa holder from Hyderabad who is making the arrangements.
Having travelled with his two-year-old son, who is a US citizen, and his wife to the country, the H-1B holder who does not wish to be named said he was waiting to head back because among other things their travel insurance could not be extended and they would want to be home where they are covered during this time.
Follow TOI’s live blog for latest updates on Coronavirus
He is among hundreds of H1B holders who are stuck across the country and did not make it to US government-arranged flights because they are not US citizens or did not make it the top of the list for repatriations.
His correspondence with the company suggests that ballpark pricing for an Airbus A330 with 283 seats (including business seats), but 100 passengers, was $900,000 to $950,000 and for Boeing 767 with 278 seats (only economy) with the same number of passengers would be $850,000 to $900,000.
Afraid of losing job, people willing to go to US at any cost
Other prospective travellers too were getting in touch with private charter flight firms, with some saying they were getting better deals. The charter flights option is only in preliminary stages with no permissions yet.
Several people contacted by TOI were willing to travel to the US at whatever the cost.
Swaran P, who is currently in Siddipet, said the fear of losing jobs is hanging heavy on many like him.
“The world economy is in shambles. We are hearing of lay-offs. Till now I have been working from India, but there are restrictions on how long someone can work from outside the country,” said the techie.
The resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, added that most people stuck in the country were mid-senior level employees, who, if they lose jobs, will only “make the competition for Indians worse here.”
Vinod (name changed), currently in Chennai, said, “I arrived here early March and have lost my job since. My wife, who is a dependent, is currently in New Jersey. I need to apply for a new job if I want to keep my visa status. It is as if my dreams are crashing in front of my eyes.”

Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *