Chennai: In the latest case of extending help to foreigners, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked his officers to provide all help to a Russian tourist who was found begging in Tamil Nadu’s Kancheepuram.
The Russian tourist identified as A. Evangelin resorted to seeking alms after he found his ATM card blocked on Tuesday.
After failing to withdraw money using his debit card, the 24-year-old tourist sat outside a temple in Kancheepuram.
When the matter came into the notice of Sushma Swaraj, she said that the officials of the External Affairs Ministry in Chennai will help him.
“Evangelin - Your country Russia is our time-tested friend. My officials in Chennai will provide you all help”, Swaraj tweeted.
Evangelin, who had arrived in India on September 24, had come to Kancheepuram on Tuesday morning from Chennai. He was on a visit to temples in the city, as reported by The Hindu.
During his visit, when Evangelin tried to withdraw some money from an ATM kiosk, he found his debit card blocked.
After that, what he did was unexpected. He sat outside the Sri Kumarakottam temple and started begging.
When the local police came to know about this, they reached the spot and took him to the police station.
After verifying his travel documents, they also offered him some money so that he could travel to Chennai.
In the last two days, Sushma Swaraj has approved medical visa requests of two Pakistanis.
In one of the cases, she approved visa for the open heart surgery of a one year old Pakistani girl Shireen Shiraz.
In the second case, the foreign minister of India approved the visa request for liver transplant surgery of a Pakistani national Azhar Hussain.