A rescue flight bringing again greater than 200 Vietnamese staff stranded in Equatorial Guinea in July 2020. — VNA/VNS Photograph
HÀ NỘI — The Investigation Police Company beneath the Ministry of Public Safety has requested the Ministry of Transport to offer an inventory of “rescue” flights to repatriate Vietnamese residents stranded abroad in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic as a part of its investigation into bribery case on the Consular Division beneath the Ministry of International Affairs.
The Transport Ministry was requested to direct items to offer the names of airways, flight numbers, take-off and touchdown airports in addition to aviation companies that have been authorised to function these flights, the company mentioned in a doc despatched to the ministry.
The listing of residents getting back from overseas on repatriation flights and contracts, fee prices of every flight, and situations for residents to return dwelling must be clarified.
The company additionally requested the Transport Ministry at hand over an inventory of people who’re working on the ministry accountable for approving airways and companies that carried out “combo” (with charges borne by the passengers) and “rescue” flights that are freed from cost.
In a press release the Transport Ministry mentioned repatriation flights have been carried out because the Get together and State wished to assist stranded Vietnamese abroad who have been in deprived circumstances and wanted to get dwelling amid COVID-19 outbreaks.
The Transport Ministry has labored intently with the International Affairs Ministry, the Public Safety Ministry, Well being Ministry, and Defence Ministry to conduct these flights, as assigned by the Nationwide Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Management.
The Transport Ministry is accountable for directing the Civil Aviation Administration of Việt Nam to problem flight permits and flight service plans for the repatriation flights based on the Citizen Rescue Plan permitted by the Consular Division on the premise of concurrence amongst related ministries and companies, based on the assertion.
“This can be a necessary process beneath aviation regulation and worldwide apply for all flights,” it famous.
As well as, the Civil Aviation Administration of Việt Nam is accountable for informing and guiding airways, home and overseas air site visitors service suppliers, and airport operators in finishing up flight plans in addition to implementation of COVID-19 rules on flights and at airports, the assertion reads.
Evaluating the calls for of Vietnamese residents stranded abroad, making the ultimate listing of permitted passengers on these flights, or licensing companies to function ‘combo’ or ‘rescue’ flights, will not be the duties that the Transport Ministry have been assigned, it claimed. The ministry has requested related departments and employees to offer the knowledge requested by the investigation company.
It has been working intently and responsibly to facilitate the flights to fulfill the calls for of the Vietnamese residents abroad.
Earlier, the Investigation Police Company began authorized proceedings in opposition to and arrested 4 high-ranking officers of the Consular Division for “taking bribes” according to Article 354 of the Penal Code.
The 4 are Nguyễn Thị Hương Lan, born in 1974, head of the Consular Division; Đỗ Hoàng Tùng, born in 1980, deputy head of the division; Lê Tuấn Anh, born in 1982, chief of the division’s workplace; and Lưu Tuấn Dũng, born in 1987, deputy head of the citizen safety desk on the division.
They’re accused of searching for private acquire in licensing some corporations that organised particular flights to take Vietnamese residents overseas dwelling from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, with nations all over the world imposing varied levels of border closures.
The flights have been steadily referred to as out for being overly costly, having difficult utility procedures, and lack of transparency within the eligibility course of.
After reaching excessive vaccination price, Việt Nam has began to loosen up border guidelines beginning at first of 2022 and has lifted all restrictions on inbound/outbound flights as of February 15. — VNS