The Government of India has informed a Parliamentary panel that under the Vande Bharat Mission a total of 4.1 million Indians were brought back to India.
The Vande Bharat Mission was launched by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India to bring back Indian’s stranded across the world due to Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. The Vande Bharat mission is the largest ever civilian repatriation exercise by any country in recent history.
Highlights of the government data
Around 4.1 million Indians were brought back to India .
The government repatriated Indian citizens from more than 100 countries under the mission.
Of the total arrived passengers, 39.2 percent were workers, 39.1 percent were professionals, 5.9 per cent were students, 7.8 per cent visitors and 4.8 per cent Indian tourists stranded in foreign countries.
The maximum number of people were brought from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 2.54 million Indians were brought from the UAE.
Saudi Arabia, USA, Qatar and Oman ranked behind the UAE.
Maximum people brought to India were from Kerala( 1.41 million) followed by Delhi (1.33 million).
Both Air India and private carriers operated a total of more than 88,000 inbound flights and more than 87,600 outbound flights for the mission for which tickets had to be purchased by the passengers.
1 Million = 10 lakhs
Vande Bharat Mission
It was launched by the Government of India on 7 May 2020 to bring back Indian’s stranded in foreign countries due to covid -19 pandemic.
Initially the flights were operated by Air India, but later Private Air Lines also joined the operation.
The operations under Vande Bharat Mission were commercial operations by the airlines and air fares were paid by passengers. The Centre has not provided any subsidy or grant for the mission.
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