Over 3.6 Lakh Indians Returned From Abroad As Part Of Vande Bharat Mission: Ministry

Repatriations from neighbouring international locations have been performed via land borders (Representational)

New Delhi:

Over 3.6 lakh Indians have returned to India from overseas after the federal government launched the “Vande Bharat” evacuation mission on Could 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs stated on Thursday.

Exterior Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated a complete variety of 5,13,047 Indians have registered their request with Indian missions overseas for repatriation to India on compelling grounds.

Of the individuals who have registered, 3,64,209 have returned underneath this Mission as of at the moment, he stated.

Repatriations from neighbouring international locations have additionally been taking place via land borders, he added.

“Greater than 84,000 Indians have returned via land border immigration checkpoints from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh,” the MEA spokesperson stated.

“Within the first three phases of the Vande Bharat Mission, round 875 worldwide flights had been scheduled for operation from over 50 international locations throughout 5 continents. To this point, greater than 700 of those flights have reached India, repatriating round 1,50,000 Indians,” Mr Srivastava stated.

The remaining 175 flights underneath the Section Three are anticipated to achieve within the coming days, he stated.

These Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flights have been instrumental in addressing the quick necessities of stranded Indians from many components of the world, Mr Srivastava stated.

“We’re dedicated to bringing again our remaining compatriots notably within the GCC international locations, Malaysia, Singapore amongst different locations. With the intention to proceed with our efforts, Section IV of VBM is being firmed up with impact from July 3, 2020,” he stated.

“Section IV will notably concentrate on international locations the place we nonetheless have numerous Indians who’ve registered to return,” Mr Srivastava stated.

Other than these, chartered flight operations which commenced on Could 26, have steadily elevated over the previous weeks, he stated.

“These flights have additionally introduced again seafarers and crews of transport corporations stranded in varied locations,” Mr Srivastava stated.

“Until date, 1,30,061 individuals have returned on these flights. Demand for these flights stays very excessive particularly within the Gulf area. Due to this fact, we’re shifting to additional streamline the method,” Mr Srivastava stated.

Noting that repatriations via naval ships have additionally been a part of this mission, he stated one such repatriation is presently underway.

INS Jalashwa reached Port of Bandar Abbas in Iran on June 24 to carry again Indian residents and their embarkation was to start on Thursday, Mr Srivastava stated.


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