Thailand, Oct 11, 2019 : The Centre and Madhya Pradesh government has offered assistance to a Madhya Pradesh family, who, in the absence of a passport, is finding it difficult to travel to Thailand to bring back the mortal remains of a female member who died in a road accident.
While the Centre has stepped in to help the bereaved family, the Kamal Nath-led government has assured to make necessary arrangements to bring home the body of Pragya Paliwal (29), a software engineer, whose family resides in Chhatarpur district, Yahoo reported.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has also assured help to the family.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Pragya’s brother S P Paliwal said, "My sister Pragya Paliwal was a software engineer with a company in Bengaluru. Her roommate in Bengaluru informed us on Wednesday about her death in a road accident in Phuket (Thailand)."
Pragya had reached Thailand on Tuesday for participating in the annual conference of a Hong Kong-based organisation, he said.
"None of our family members have a passport. So, we have sought the help of local Congress MLA Alok Chaturvedi and the district authorities," he said.
Chaturvedi, in turn, sought help from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jaishankar. Chaturvedi said he has also informed Chief Minister Kamal Nath about the problem being faced by the family.
Responding to a tweet, Jaishankar said, "Our Embassy @IndiainThailand (in Thailand) is in touch with the bereaved family and is providing all assistance in this difficult time."
The Chief Minister also tweeted that his government would make all necessary arrangements and also talk to the foreign ministry in this regard.
Family members of the deceased met additional district collector Prem Singh to seek help.
"Pragya’s father and other family members had come to me. They said none in the family have a passport to travel to Thailand to bring back the mortal remains. We are helping them to get passports at the earliest and ready to extend any other help they require," Singh said.