Indians stranded in Maldives and UAE due to Covid19 will be rescued by three naval ships, the defence ministry said on Tuesday. The naval ships, INS Jalashwa deployed off Mumbai coast and INS Magar, have been diverted to Maldives while INS Shardul will be used to evacuate stranded Indians from Dubai. The three ships will lay anchor at Kochi on their return. INS Magar and INS Shardul are Southern Naval Command ships, while INS Jalashwa is from Eastern Naval Command.
Earlier on Monday the government had said that Indians who have been stranded abroad after the travel restrictions came into place following the Covid19 pandemic outbreak will be brought back to the country in a phased manner. The process for the same will begin from May 7 onwards, the government had said. The stranded people will be brought back by flight or naval ships.
The government said Indian embassies across the world were making a list of stranded Indians but the passengers will have to pay for their way home. The passengers will be ferried in non-scheduled commercial flights and medical screening will be compulsory for all passengers. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the flights.