new Delhi. Since the government launched the Vande Bharat Mission on May 7 in the wake of Corona virus epidemic, a total of more than 3.6 lakh Indians have returned from abroad. This information was given by the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava said that a total of 5,13,047 Indians have lodged their requests for repatriation with Indian missions abroad. He said that out of those who have registered, as on date, 3,64,209 people have returned under this campaign.
He said that the return of Indian citizens from neighboring countries is also coming from the ground borders. A foreign ministry spokesman said that more than 84,000 Indians had returned from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh from ground border immigration posts. Srivastava said that in the first three phases of the Vande India mission, around 875 international flights were scheduled to operate from more than 50 countries across five continents. Of these, more than 700 flights have so far reached India and about 1,50,000 Indians have returned from them.
He said the remaining 175 flights under Phase Three are expected to arrive in the coming days. Srivastava said that phase four will focus exclusively on countries where there are still a large number of Indians who have registered for withdrawal. He said that return from ships is also a part of this mission. He said that such a retreat is currently underway.
Srivastava said that INS Jalashv reached Bandar Abbas port in Iran on June 24 to bring back Indian citizens. When asked about the advice of the Government of Kerala regarding conducting Kovid-19 investigation of passengers returning from planes under this campaign, he said that the Ministry of External Affairs told the State Government after contacting Indian Missions in the Gulf countries That there are some real problems in this regard. He said that at present, only the United Arab Emirates has a system of thorough investigation. Qatar is providing a limited level of testing facilities and it is not possible to conduct pre-travel testing in other countries in the region as there are issues related to cost, time and availability of tests.
This post was published on June 26, 2020 9:59 am
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