The MEA added that the Vande Bharat Mission is ‘the biggest sustained operation for the repatriation of Indians stranded abroad’
New Delhi: Nearly 9.5 lakh Indians have returned from overseas beneath the federal government’s “Vande Bharat” evacuation mission, making it the biggest sustained operation for the repatriation of Indians stranded abroad, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) mentioned on Thursday.
The mission was launched on 7 May 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 mentioned at an internet 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 1 August,” he mentioned.
Based on the evaluation of demand acquired from Indian missions, the schedule has been augmented with the addition of almost 60 extra flights, Srivastava mentioned.
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 mentioned.
This section is anticipated 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,” Srivastava mentioned.
The Civil Aviation Ministry is in dialogue with another nations to operationalise related preparations, the MEA spokesperson mentioned.
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