The office of the Indian High Commission has cleared the air around a social media post claiming to organize charter flights on set dates next week asserting that the information has not been finally cleared by their office.

Speaking to the Indian Weekender Paramjeet Singh, First Secretary at the Office of the Indian High Commission, "I have seen the social media posts around this announcement, and we firmly reject the veracity of the claims around the timings, destinations and flight-cost details."

Explaining further Mr Singh said, "There has been a new announcement by the Ministry of Civil Aviation's allowing some charter flights into the country to bring stranded Indian citizens."

This includes getting final clearance of the flights and the passengers allowed to travel back into the country. All this information has to be channelled through the High Commissioner's office.

"Capajet and a few other chartered companied had been approaching us for some time asking if they could fly stranded Indians back to India. We could not agree to the same till now as there were no such guidelines from Government of India," Mr Singh said.

Paramjeet Singh, First Secretary at the Office of the Indian High Commission

However, all the flights have to be following the strict protocols of the government of India and duly implemented by respective High Commission's offices.

"High Commission of India will study the proposal and only after it approves the list of people from “compelling reasons” perspective, it will forward that proposal to Ministry of External Affairs of India, who will in turn get approval of concerned state government where that flight is proposed to land and any other states to which passengers of that flight belong.

"After that, in principal approval of Ministry of Civil Aviation and DGCA will be obtained by High Commission of India. Once the in principal approval comes, the organizer of the chartered flight will obtain all approvals from DGCA, NZ civil aviation authorities and any other approvals and formalities required.

"Now, even before any proposal has been sent to the High Commission along with a list of potential passengers, allowing High Commission to examine and approve the same, M/s Capajet has gone out with the impression as if all the approvals have been obtained and has even started accepting bookings, which is blatantly wrong and circumvents the whole procedural requirement," Mr Singh said. 

For now, the Indian High Commission has advised not to make any bookings until official confirmation by the office.

More to come.