The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday stated that over 5 lakh stranded Indians have returned safely to India from 137 international locations underneath the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM).
“The VBM operations commenced on May 7, 2020 and in less than two months 5,03,990 stranded Indians from 137 countries, including from remote areas, have returned to their homes. Considering that the initial target to bring stranded Indians with compelling reasons was only 2 lakh, this is a significant achievement,” MEA stated in a launch.
According to the discharge, Kerala acquired the biggest variety of stranded Indians (94,085), adopted by Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.
The largest 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 via land border verify 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 overseas carriers – 3,969; about 60 air ambulances and 95,220 via land border check-posts from neighboring international locations.
“This massive operation was carried out with the active support and cooperation of Indian Missions abroad, MoCA, MHA, MoHFW and State Governments. The MEA designated senior officers as State Coordinators were at the forefront of these operations ensuring smooth coordination at all levels,” stated the MEA launch.