New Delhi: The Central Government is in full swing to bring back stranded Indians from abroad due to COVID-19 crisis. Three warships of the Indian Navy have been deployed to bring back expats from West Asia and Maldives.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is yet to announce the ports where these vessels would dock.
This includes INS Jalashwa which can bring back 1,000 stranded Indians. However only 500 people will be accommodated in order to maintain social distancing. The Jalashwa which is based in Visakhapatnam has already steamed into the Arabian Sea for the mission. The other two warships are INS Shardul and INS Magar. They will bring back only 300 passengers per deployment.
The government had on Monday said “Government of India will be facilitating the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad on compelling grounds in a phased manner. The travel would be arranged by aircraft and naval ships. The Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) has been prepared in this regard.”