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    Preparations underway for third phase of repatriation of Indians from across globe

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    Phase I has been successfully completed from 7 May -16 May during which 16,716 stranded Indians returned. “We are in the Phase II of VBM from 17 May – 13 June,” according to MEA spokesperson.

    Vande Bharat Mission: 45K Indian nationals evacuated so far, preparations underway for third phase of repatriation
    NEW DELHI: India’s Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) executed by the Ministry of External Affairs to repatriate citizens is in full swing.

    Phase I has been successfully completed from 7 May -16 May during which 16,716 stranded Indians returned. “We are in the Phase II of VBM from 17 May – 13 June,” according to MEA spokesperson.

    “As of 4.00 pm Thursday, 45,216 Indians have returned. These include 8,069 migrant workers, 7,656 students and 5,107 professionals. About 5000 Indians have returned through land border immigration checkpoints from Nepal and Bangladesh. A total number of 3,08,200 persons have registered their request with our Missions abroad for repatriation to India on compelling grounds,” informed the spokesperson.

    During the Phase II, a total of 429 Air India flights (311 international flights + 118 feeder flights) from 60 countries are scheduled to land in India. The Indian Navy will be making four more sorties to bring back returnees from Iran, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

    The MEA is also assisting return of stranded Indians from remote locations in Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, and parts of Europe. This is being done by taking advantage of foreign carriers flying to India primarily for evacuation of their nationals. Recently, about 300 stranded Indians from Peru, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Portugal and Netherlands were brought in. “We will be exploring more such options,” according to MEA spokesperson.

    Private airlines have now been included as part of Phase II of Vande Bharat Mission. Chartered flights have also begun to operate and return of our nationals through land borders has commenced. The numbers are expected to go up in the coming days with the permission for chartered flights and more efficient use of quarantine capacity, according to MEA.

    MEA is working in close coordination with its Missions abroad as well as various stakeholders - State Governments, MHA, MOHFW, MOCA, DMA, Air India and the Indian Navy - for these repatriation efforts. MEA has designated Additional Secretary level officers to coordinate with State Governments on quarantine and other logistic issues.

    On 26 May, External Affairs Minister had a detailed review meeting of all stakeholders. The focus of the meeting was to ramp up the scale of Vande Bharat Mission and to enhance its efficiency.

    MEA COVID-19 Control Room is being manned 24x7 by teams from MEA since 16 March. The control room has received more than 22,500 calls and 60,000 emails till 0800 h on 28 May.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    Srinivasan Vedantam45 days ago
    The corporates should have taken care of migrants then there will not be issue to start over. Neither government could enforce. Now relocate industry nearer to labour not other factors
    Anil 45 days ago
    The migrant labour NRE community contributed 80 billion dollar to Indian economy. See no media in support of expats poor labourers returning back home after on loosing jobs. These are the labourers who worked in 56 degree centigrade in summer in GCC & got paid little, remitted foreign currency that ultimately went to RBI as US Dollars in lieu of INR payment for their families. They are paying for their tickets in full. Reason being the law of land says take care of these employees and provide them return ticket at earliest opening and companies are honouring. Those that are not will face the music. These countries have monarchies while others have similar democracy like ours. But the difference is inspite of lock down they are paying for their flight tickets and had take. Care of food during hard time. Why it does not happen in India? Obviously migrants were working for companies and factories but they least bothered to provide them relief inspite of Govt instructions and these are the same companies who kicked out the migrants wants Tax payers to bail them out to create job for the same labourers who were kicked out in hard time.
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