CA 30-06-2020, Vande Bharat Mission
(International air travel has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission and “further opening up will take place in a calibrated manner,” the government said.)
The Indian nationals stranded overseas due to the global coronavirus lockdown are expected to return under the Vande Bharat Mission.
Vande Bharat Mission is the biggest evacuation exercise to bring back Indian citizens stranded abroad amidst the coronavirus-induced travel restrictions.
It is also considered as the largest exercise to bring back Indian citizens since the evacuation of 177,000 from the Gulf region in the early 1990s at the start of hostilities between Iraq and Kuwait during the first Gulf War.
The mission has given priority to Indian citizens with “compelling reasons to return" – like those whose employment have been terminated, those whose visas have expired and not expected to be renewed under the present circumstances and those who have lost family members in recent times
The entire cost of travel will be borne by the passengers under the mission.