Senior foreign ministry staff briefed committee members on March 28 about Operation Ganga launched by the government to rescue Indians, including students, from Ukraine. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and other foreign ministry officials told the commission that 13 planes were expected to operate in the next two to three days.
The program is designed to evacuate civilians and the company is working to increase the number of flights daily to nine to evacuate restricted Indians, up to nine, according to sources.
Shringla briefed the parliamentary committee on external issues on the situation in Ukraine following Russia’s military offensive and India’s efforts to evacuate its citizens, they said.
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Russian-speaking workers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been sent to five neighboring countries- Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Moldova for the release of Indians by land borders. Further, the workers have been sent to border checkpoints and Indian government agencies to increase evacuation efforts.
The plan of the parliamentary committee headed by BJP leader PP Chaudhary is to decide on the company’s request for Funds for the fiscal year 2022-23, but it received a crisis in Ukraine following the written notice of RSP MP NK Premchandran and the question of other senators. .
Shringla told the committee that so far 1,200 students have returned in five flights. Several thousand more have crossed the Ukrainian border or are doing so, sources said.
The commission also briefed on the steps being taken by the government to work with the International Committee of the Red Cross to ensure the safety of Indians in Ukraine, they said.
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The commission is cooperating in appreciating the steps taken by the government for its Ganga Service to repatriate Indians, especially students, from Ukraine, the sources said.
Some members of the Security Council also questioned India’s position on the crisis at the international level and was told that at the UN Security Council, India had demanded an immediate end to violence and fighting.
India has also called for a return to diplomacy and dialogue and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the states, sources added. When talking about restricted students, staff told the council that three suggestions were given, but students were reluctant to leave because they did not want to miss their exams, the sources said. tell.
Includes inputs from PTI