Thursday 02 December 2021 - 8:36:01 pm

Phase four of Indian repatriations to focus on Gulf

From Krishnan Nayar New Delhi, 26th June, 2020 (WAM) – Repatriation of Indian citizens from the Gulf and other places with large concentrations of such expatriates will enter a new phase one week from now, the government here has announced.

Phase four of the "Vande Bharat Mission" to bring Indians seeking to return home will focus on the Gulf, where a large number of expatriates have registered with Indian embassies to take advantage of special repatriation flights.

"We are committed to bringing back our remaining compatriots, particularly in the GCC countries, Malaysia, Singapore, among other places," Anurag Srivastava, Spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, told a media briefing here.

"In order to continue with our efforts, phase four of Vande Bharat Mission has been firmed up with effect from 3rd July. This phase will particularly focus on countries where we still have a large number of Indians who have registered to return," he said.

The Vande Bharat Mission, which is in its seventh week, has so far brought back 364,209 Indians from over 50 countries across 5 continents, he said. "Demand for these flights remains very high, especially in the Gulf region and, therefore, we are moving to further streamline the process," Srivastava announced.

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