Operation Ganga: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Smriti Irani provides healing touch to stranded Indian students
India has undertaken Operation Ganga to bring back stranded Indians from war-torn Ukraine through special flights. The Union government is planning to operate 26 flights in the next three days to evacuate the Indian nationals. Several Union ministers are welcoming the Indians who were stranded in Ukraine, in person.
On a special flight carrying 218 Indian nationals from Bucharest at Delhi Airport, Union Minister Smriti Irani welcomed them through the Public Address System of the special IndiGo airlines.
“Welcome back home! Your families are waiting with bated breath. You have shown exemplary courage. Let’s thank the flight crew as well,” said Smriti Irani. She also raised the slogan with students ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai‘.
On Wednesday, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia interacted with the Indian students awaiting their flights at Bucharest Airport and assured them of a quick departure to the homeland.
Scindia is one of the four ministers who reached Bucharest as a special envoy of the government to oversee the evacuation efforts of Indian students. He spoke to the students and reassured all assistance to the medical students from Maharashtra waiting at the said airport. He told students that four flights will leave from there in which over 1,000 students would be evacuated at a time.
Scindia tweeted, “Met & interacted with Indian students awaiting their flights at the Bucharest Airport. Overwhelmed by their grit & concerned by their anxiety amid the tough times. However, assured them of their quick departure from Bucharest. PM Narendra Modi ji & all of India have got their back.”
Met & interacted with Indian students awaiting their flights at the Bucharest Airport.Overwhelmed by their grit & concerned by their anxiety amid the tough times.However, assured them of their quick departure from Bucharest. PM @narendramodi ji & all of India have got their back! pic.twitter.com/g386wfg2zh
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) March 1, 2022
Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh also went to the airport to receive the students. He reassured the students that there’s no need to worry and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making all efforts to bring back other students as well, he said, “About 220 students arrived via Istanbul. I asked a girl where she is from, like state-wise, but she replied, ‘I’m from India’. They still can’t believe that they are back in India due to stress. We ensured they spoke with their parents.”
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, one of the four ministers who flew to oversee the evacuation process, posted a video on his Twitter account where he can be seen interacting with the students. “Thank God you all are well,” he tells Indian nationals.
He tweeted, “Delighted to interact with this undaunted bunch of youngsters from all parts of India who held their nerves even in the most difficult circumstances & will shortly board the flight back home. I am happy for them & their parents.”
Delighted to interact with this undaunted bunch of youngsters from all parts of India who held their nerves even in the most difficult circumstances & will shortly board the flight back home. I am happy for them & their parents. #OperationGanga #indianstudents @opganga @MEAIndia pic.twitter.com/lEdx8T9zUs
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) March 1, 2022
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that as per an estimate, there is a total of 18,000 students stranded in war-conflict zones. Till Tuesday 12,000 Indians have been brought out of Ukraine which is 60 percent of the total Indians in Ukraine.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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