Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Saturday facilitated return of 129 more Indian citizens home by a special flight of Air India.
The Indian government on Friday started repatriating its nationals, stranded in Bangladesh due to restrictions on flight operation, with 170 students in first phase.
The first special Air India flight left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Srinagar on Friday while the second flight left Dhaka for New Delhi on Saturday.
Rest of the stranded Indians will be evacuated in a phased manner.
As part of the first phase, five more flights of Air India will carry Indian nationals to Srinagar on May 12 and 13; Delhi on May 11; Mumbai on May 10, Chennai on May 14 in a span of a week with each flight carrying approximately 170 passengers.
The first flight to Srinagar carried stranded students from various medical colleges in Dhaka.
Indian High Commission in Dhaka was in constant touch with the students and resolved various issues of food, lodging, finance etc in close cooperation with the Principals of the medical colleges who have been "most generous" with their support in this difficult period.
High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das was present at the airport to see-off the first batch of Indians who left Bangladesh and interacted with them.
Wishing the students a safe journey back home, the High Commissioner reiterated government of India’s commitment to the welfare of its citizens abroad.
The High Commissioner said she was particularly pleased that the young students would be able to go home before Eid.
She advised the students to follow the health protocols after reaching India.
The students thanked the High Commission for its efforts towards evacuating them.
The government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commenced the biggest repatriation exercise ever with “Vande Bharat Mission” to bring back stranded Indians abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This includes many Indian Nationals who had travelled to different countries before the lockdown, on various purposes such as employment, studies/ internships, tourism, business, etc., are stranded abroad.
Apart from the above cases, there are other Indian nationals who need to visit India in medical emergencies or death of a family member, according to Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Vande Bharat Mission is a "mammoth logistical exercise" that involves integrated approach, meticulous planning, complex coordination and implementation between Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs and the State governments.
The Ministry of External Affairs has deputed nodal officers for most of the states for the evacuation exercise.
Bangladesh has so far brought back 2000 citizens from a number of Indian cities who got stuck there due to countrywide lockdown there amid coronavirus pandemic.