Indian Navy to commence next phase of repatriations from June 1
Indian Navy has already repatriated 1,488 Indian nationals from Malè to Kochi during the previous phase of operations
In pursuance of the government’s decision to repatriate Indians stranded in foreign countries on account of the Covid-19 caused lockdowns, Indian Navy is commencing the next phase of Operation ‘Samudra Setu’ from June 1 to evacuate citizens from overseas.
As per the statement issued by the Ministry of Defence, in this phase, Indian Navy Ship Jalashwa will repatriate 700 personnel from Colombo, Republic of Sri Lanka to Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu and subsequently repatriate another 700 personnel from Malè, Republic of Maldives to Tuticorin.
Indian Navy has already repatriated 1,488 Indian nationals from Malè to Kochi during the previous phase of operations.
Indian Missions in Sri Lanka and Maldives are preparing a list of Indian nationals to be evacuated and will facilitate their embarkation after requisite medical screening. COVID-related social distancing norms have been catered onboard and evacuees would be provided basic amenities and medical facilities during the sea-passage.
After disembarkation at Tuticorin the evacuated personnel will be entrusted to the care of State authorities.
This operation is being conducted in close coordination with Ministries of External Affairs, Home Affairs, Health and various other agencies of the government of India and State governments.