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Nearly 9.5 Lakh Indians Have Returned From Abroad Under Vande Bharat Mission

The mission was launched on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic. (Representational)

New Delhi:

Nearly 9.5 lakh Indians have returned from overseas beneath the federal government’s “Vande Bharat” evacuation mission, making it the most important sustained operation for the repatriation of Indians stranded abroad, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated on Thursday.

The mission was launched on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are nearing the 1 million-mark in the Vande Bharat Mission, making this the largest sustained operation for the repatriation of stranded Indians,” MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated at a web based media briefing.

“As on date, nearly 9.5 lakh Indians have returned home under this mission. We are presently in phase 5 which was operationalised from August 1,” he stated.

Based on the evaluation of demand acquired from Indian missions, the schedule has been augmented with the addition of almost 60 extra flights, Mr Srivastava stated.

This takes the overall flights scheduled this month to 746 and, as well as, round 200 home feeder flights are scheduled to succeed in 24 airports throughout India, he stated.

This section is predicted to repatriate greater than 1,30,000 Indians stranded overseas, he added.

The bilateral preparations for establishing journey bubbles with the US, Germany and France proceed to be in place. “Multiple flights are operating from these countries and are providing onward connections,” Mr Srivastava stated.

The Civil Aviation Ministry is in dialogue with another nations to operationalise related preparations, the MEA spokesperson stated.

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