New Delhi: As part of the government’s Vande Bharat Mission initiative, a total of 169 Indian nationals will be repatriated from Dhaka to Kolkata on Monday on a special Air India flight.
“Since a large number of residents from West Bengal are in Bangladesh, special efforts have been undertaken by the High Commission of India in Dhaka to identify those who with compelling reasons to return and accorded them due priority,” sources in the government establishment said.
The passengers on the first flight to Kolkata include 73 students, 16 elderly people, 45 stranded tourist, 16 cases of medical emergencies, and one pregnant lady, sources added.
Not only in Dhaka, but Indian nationals stranded across Bangladesh were facilitated and the passengers for this flight have come from 18 different districts.
Once the passengers reach Kolkata, they will be placed in quarantine for two weeks, following which they will travel to their homes spread across over 20 districts, including Pashim Bardhaman, North 24 Parganas, Purba Medinipur and Jalpaiguri.
According to the external affairs ministry, more than 3,700 people from West Bengal have registered for repatriation from different parts of the world.