The Mongolian Government decided on 1 June to repatriate the 219 child monks who are studying in three monasteries in the Karnataka region in India. The child monks are currently under high risks of coronavirus infection as two cases have been reported 6 km from the monasteries. There are some 600 Mongolians staying in the monasteries; 357 of them are children under the age of 18.
The 219 child monks who applied to take charter flights are from the Arkhangai, Bayankhongor, Zavkhan, Tuv, Khentii and Uvs provinces of Mongolia; their families do not have financial ability to pay for the charter flight. Therefore, the Child Development and Protection Programme will cover the full cost of MNT 229.9 million for the evacuation of the 219 child monks.