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INS Jalashwa, deployed for “Operation Samudra Setu”, entered Kochi harbour with a total of 698 Indian nationals stranded at Maldives.

INS Magar, the second Indian Naval ship to reach Male, Maldives for evacuation of Indian citizens.

Operation Samudra Setu

  • The Indian Navy has launched ‘Operation Samudra Setu’ as a part of national effort to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas.
  • It envisages to bring back around two thousand Indians in two ships during the first phase of evacuation.
  • INS Jalashwa and INS Magar are being operated as part of efforts to repatriate Indian nationals from foreign shores.
  • INS Jalashwa is the largest amphibious platform in the Navy. It can normally accommodate 1,000 people but will take about 800.

Vande Bharat Mission

  • Vande Bharat Mission will become the biggest evacuation exercise to bring back Indian citizens stranded abroad amidst the coronavirus-induced travel restrictions.
  • ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ will see 64 flights being operated from May 7 to May 13 to bring back around 15,000 Indian nationals stranded abroad.
  • Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express will operate 64 flights to bring back stranded Indians from 12 countries.
  • 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.
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