The Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) on Friday stated that over 5 lakh stranded Indians have returned safely to India from 137 international locations beneath the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM).
“The VBM operations commenced on Could 7, 2020 and in lower than two months 5,03,990 stranded Indians from 137 international locations, together with from distant areas, have returned to their properties. Contemplating that the preliminary goal to deliver stranded Indians with compelling causes was solely 2 lakh, this can be a important achievement,” MEA stated in a launch.
In response to the discharge, Kerala obtained the biggest variety of stranded Indians (94,085), adopted by Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.
The most important variety of stranded Indians returned by VBM flights are from UAE (57,305), adopted by Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and USA and from Nepal (91,193) have returned by way of land border examine posts, the Ministry stated.
The mission concerned 860 Air India flights; 1256 constitution flights and eight Naval Ships. The stranded Indians returned by Air India had been 1,64,121; Indian Navy 3,987 in eight ships from Maldives, Iran and Colombo; chartered flights – 2,30,832 and international carriers – 3,969; about 60 air ambulances and 95,220 by way of land border check-posts from neighboring international locations.
“This huge operation was carried out with the lively assist and cooperation of Indian Missions overseas, MoCA, MHA, MoHFW and State Governments. The MEA designated senior officers as State Coordinators had been on the forefront of those operations making certain easy coordination in any respect ranges,” stated the MEA launch.