Mumbai: In a another development, the fourth phase of the Vande Bharat Mission has firmed from July 3 and will focus on countries where a large number of Indians have registered for return.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava said on Thursday, “Phase four of the Vande Bharat Mission has been made effective from July 3. Phase four will focus exclusively on those countries where we still have a large number of Indians who have registered to return.”
He said that under the mission repatriated to around 1.50 lakh Indians, more than 700 flights have reached India.
“The remaining 175 flights under Phase 3 of Vande India are expected to arrive in the coming days. The Vande Bharat Mission flights have been instrumental in addressing the urgent need of Indians stranded in flights. We are committed to repatriating the Indians particularly in the GCC countries — Malaysia, Singapore among other places,” he said.
Srivastava said that chartered flight operations, which began on May 26, have steadily increased in the last weeks and have also brought back the stranded naval and staff of shipping companies in various locations.
“So far, 130061 people have returned on these flights. The demand for these flights is very high, especially in the Gulf region. Therefore, we are moving forward to further improve the process,” he said.
He also said that more than 84,000 Indians have returned to India through land border immigration checkpoints in Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.