New Delhi: Owing to the success of the first phase of ‘Vande Bharat’ Mission to bring back Indian nationals stranded out of their country due to the stoppage of international travel, the second phase of the mission is all set to launch from May 16-22.
This time, it plans to bring back Indians in 149 flights, including feeder flights from 31 countries. The first phase of the mission brought Indians stranded in the Philippines, Malaysia, UK, and the US.
In the second phase, the government is planning to operate 11 flights to the United Arab Emirates, 13 flights to the US, 10 flights to Canada, 9 flights to the UK, 9 flights to Saudi Arabia, seven flights to Australia, and six flights to Russia. Flights will also be available to Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, and several other Gulf nations and Southeast Asia. There will also be one flight to Bangladesh and Nepal each.
On May 11, Joint Secretary, Home Ministry Punya Srivastava stated that around 4,000 Indian nationals have been brought by the 23 flights under the Vande Bharat Mission as of now.
Repatriations of Indians from abroad have been done under ‘Vande Bharat Mission,’ in the primary period in which India began the mission to bring back more than 14,000 stranded Indians due to the worldwide lockdown and cancellation of international travel through 64 flights.
(With inputs from The Quint)