Ukraine crisis: PM Modi apprises President Kovind on various issues and developments
According to the government sources, Prime Minister Modi updated him about the government’s efforts to evacuate Indian nationals from the war-torn country under the recently launched ‘Operation Ganga’.
He briefed him that over 1,600 Indian students have been evacuated from Ukraine till this morning as the seventh Air India Express flight landed in Mumbai with 182 Indians, mostly students, who departed from Budapest (Hungary) at midnight Monday.
The Prime Minister further updated him that he had directed the Ministry of External Affairs officials to make proper arrangements for the students who will be coming to Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania till they depart for India.
Detailing the initiatives, the PM Modi also apprised the President that four senior Cabinet Ministers are departing to the neighbouring countries Poland, Hungary Slovakia, and Romania as his ‘Special Envoy‘ to oversee the evacuation mission and with the visit of four senior ministers to various nations will energize the evacuation efforts, the sources said.
He also updated President Kovind that India will extend help to people from the neighbouring countries and developing countries who are stranded in Ukraine under India’s motto of the world being one family.
The first consignment of relief supplies to Ukraine to deal with the humanitarian situation on Ukraine’s borders would be dispatched Tuesday, the Prime Minister informed the President.
Prime Minister Modi is personally monitoring the situation and he has already chaired three high-level meetings till Monday evening.
The Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia is leaving for Romania and Moldova, Kiren Rijiju to Slovakia, Hardeep Singh Puri to Hungary and Gen V K Singh (Retd) will be going to Poland to oversee the evacuation of Indian nationals.
Meanwhile, the PM had held a high-level meeting on Monday evening over the Ukraine crisis, in which he said that the entire government machinery is working round the clock to ensure that all Indians there are safe and secure, informed Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
This was the second high-level meeting chaired by the Prime Minister during the day over the prevailing situation in Ukraine. The government sources on Monday said that the ‘Special Envoys’ including Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju, and Gen (Retd) V K Singh will travel to neighbouring countries of Ukraine to coordinate evacuations of stranded Indians amid ongoing Russian military operations in Ukraine.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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