New Delhi In the wake of Corona virus epidemic, 'Vande Bharat' campaign was launched to bring Indians from abroad. Under this campaign, 1.1 million or approximately 11.23 lakh Indians have returned home so far. Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava gave this information. He says that India is negotiating with 18 more countries for bilateral arrangements for air travel.
Stranded Indians returned from 22 countries
According to Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava, 'Vande Bharat Mission' is currently in its fifth phase. This fifth phase was started from August 1, 2020. About 500 international flights and 130 domestic feeder flights have been operated under the Vande Bharat Mission. The flights have transported stranded Indians from 22 countries back to 23 different airports in the country.
1.1 million Indians returned
Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava on Thursday told a weekly news that a total of 1.1 million stranded Indians have been brought back in various ways under the Vande Bharat Mission till 19 August. He said that “about 375 more international flights are scheduled to be operational by the end of August”.
Anurag Srivastava said that flights have been added to bring back Indian nationals from Kuwait, Maldives, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Australia, UK and Canada based on an assessment of the demand of Indians stranded abroad. Srivastava said that “Apart from this, the number of flights from other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries has been further increased.”
Returned by road also
According to Anurag Shrivastava, India has operated the most repatriation flights in West Asia countries including GCC states. The largest number of stranded Indians from the UAE have returned. Thousands of Indians have also returned from Nepal and other neighboring countries via land border posts.