As a large number of Indian nationals including students are stranded across the globe due to the ongoing lockdown in the country, the Indian government is planning an elaborate strategy to bring them back.
Recently, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) made a presentation of the exit plan to top government officials in a meeting held by the cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba.
India’s diplomatic missions abroad are calculating the exact count, collecting details of the stranded Indians in foreign countries, and depending on this, the government will decide the number of flights needed to fly them back.
Evacuations will be organised either through special or regular flights, which will need to be paid for. As per industry reports, Indians in Gulf countries would be the first to be evacuated.
The Modi-led government may seek Covid negative certificate before flying them back.
However, evacuation will only be done once the Centre approves the plan. Also, considering India is under lockdown until May 3, special commercial flights could only operate after this lockdown is lifted.