Aaquib Chhipa, Ahmedabad : More than 87,000 Gujaratis who were stranded abroad in different countries of the world due to COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown were safely brought back to the state under the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’.
According to the details shared by the state government as of January 31, 2021, almost 87, 144 non-resident Gujaratis who were stuck in various countries had been brought back safely under the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ scheme of the Indian government.
All the Gujaratis people returned through special flights or via sea routes.
Apart from the special international flights, operations were allowed under the Vande Bharat Mission scheme with various selected countries including the US, UK, Kenya, and Bhutan among others.
Under the air bubble pact, special international flights were allowed to operate between two countries. The international flight schedules were suspended since March 23, last year.
All those people who returned from abroad were medically examined and then asked to undergo a quarantine period as per the guidelines of the government, the state said.
Among these, many Gujarati had gone abroad for a tour or had gone to visit their relatives and got stuck there due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many Gujarati students studying abroad also returned to India.
More than 6 million people have returned to India under the Vande Bharat Mission which is currently in the 8th phase, the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said.
Vande Bharat Mission was carried out by the Indian government to bring back Indians who were stranded abroad in different parts of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown.
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