Vande Bharat Phase II: MEA ropes in private airlines, opens land borders

The MEA spokesperson said as of today, 45,216 Indians have returned. These include 8,069 migrant workers, 7,656 students and 5,107 professionals

Current Affairs : India has an objective to bring back 100,000 travelers from 60 nations before the finish of Phase II of Vande Bharat Mission, said Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday. It said arrangements for the third stage are well in progress.

“Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) is going full bore. Stage I has been effectively finished from 7 May – 16 May during which 16,716 abandoned Indians returned. We are in Phase II of VBM from 17 May – 13 June,” said MEA representative.

The MEA representative said starting today, 45,216 Indians have returned. These incorporate 8,069 transient laborers, 7,656 understudies and 5,107 experts.

“Around 5000 Indians have returned through land outskirt movement checkpoints from Nepal and Bangladesh. An all out number of 3,08,200 people have enlisted their solicitation with our Missions abroad for repatriation to India on convincing grounds,” the representative said.

During Phase II, a sum of 429 Air India flights (311 global flights + 118 feeder departures) from 60 nations are booked to land in India.

As per MEA Spokesperson, the Indian Navy will make four additional forays to bring back returnees from Iran, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Private aircrafts have additionally been incorporated as a component of Phase II of Vande Bharat Mission and contracted flights have likewise started to work and return of our nationals through land fringes has initiated.

The numbers are relied upon to go up in the coming days with the authorization for sanctioned flights and progressively effective utilization of isolate limit.

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