There are about 800 other Nepali workers from India who have been stranded on the other side of the border. They have no idea how long they will have to wait, or if they will ever be allowed in.
At the daily briefing in the Ministry of Health in Kathmandu on Monday, the spokesman said the Nepal government had no plans to bring the stranded Nepalis in. “They should stay where they are, and try to make the best of the situation. We will be trying to arrange food and lodging in cooperation with the Indian authorities,” the spokesperson said.
Nepali workers overseas toil through the pandemic, Upasana Khadka
On Monday, the local Indian government provided the 800 food and shelter so they did not have to spend another night in the open. The Indian side has handed over a list of 641 names of the Nepalis who are stranded there.
When he got a call from a correspondent in Kathmandu, Mahata was at first hopeful, but quickly realised that his own government was not going to help him get back to his family.
“Sir, please help us return to our homes, we do not want to die here, we want to die in our own country,” Mahata said. “The Indians tell us they are willing to let us go across, but they are rude and mistreat us.”