Coronavirus – Health and Governance Issues

Vande Bharat and Samudra Setu Missions to repatriate Indian nationals


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Vande Bharat and Samudra Setu Missions

Mains level: Indian migrants and associated issues

India is all geared to operate flights and naval vessels to repatriate Indian nationals stranded abroad.

The name Samudra Setu typically sound like a combatant naval exercise whereas Vande Bharat reminds us of Train-18. Both ideas have opposite context and meaning. One must keep this in mind.

What is the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ mission about?

  • ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ will see the operation of 64 flights from May 7 to May 13 to bring back around 15,000 Indian nationals stranded abroad.
  • Once completed, it may turn out to be the largest evacuation operation ever since the 1990 airlift of 1.7 lakh people from Kuwait.
  • Approximately, 2,000 people from abroad will fly back to India daily.

What is Indian Navy’s ‘Operation Samudra Setu’?

  • The Indian Navy launched ‘Operation Samudra Setu’ (Sea Bridge) as a part of national effort to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas.
  • Indian Naval Ships Jalashwa and Magar are presently enroute to the port of Malè, Republic of Maldives to commence evacuation operations from 08 May 2020 as part of Phase-1.
  • INS Jalashwa is the largest amphibious platform in the Navy and is based at the Eastern Naval Command headquarters in Visakhapatnam.
  • It can normally accommodate 1,000 people but will take about 800.

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