More Than 11 Lakh Indians Returned To India Under Vande Bharat Mission

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As per information provided by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), till 31.08.2020, more than 11 lakh Indians (excluding land border crossings) have returned to India under the Vande Bharat Mission.

Vande Bharat Mission consists of special repatriation flights operated by Indian carriers and chartered flights operated by both Indian and foreign carriers. 

Here are the State-wise data of number of Repatriated Indian

S. NO.STATENO. OF REPATRIATED INDIANS
1A & N ISLANDS45
2ANDHRA PRADESH31061
3ARUNACHAL PRADESH41
4ASSAM1005
5BIHAR32056
6CHANDIGARH1593
7CHHATTISGARH878
8D & N HAVELI40
9DAMAN AND DIU132
10DELHI183923
11GOA9096
12GUJARAT22818
13HARYANA6423
14HIMACHAL PRADESH1570
15JAMMU AND KASHMIR4963
16JHARKHAND2249
17KARNATAKA51564
18KERALA334523
19LADAKH486
20LAKSHADWEEP866
21MADHYA PRADESH3238
22MAHARASHTRA80098
23MANIPUR393
24MEGHALAYA87
25MIZORAM126
26NAGALAND81
27ODISHA10590
28PUDUCHERRY1085
29PUNJAB29922
30RAJASTHAN30367
31SIKKIM90
32TAMIL NADU96135
33TELANGANA56678
34TRIPURA545
35UTTAR PRADESH101384
36UTTARANCHAL2877
37WEST BENGAL11529

Country-wise number of passengers returned are at Annexure A. (click here)

Lifeline UDAN

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Ministry of Civil Aviation launched ‘Lifeline UDAN’ on 26.03.2020. Lifeline UDAN was an initiative to ensure a steady supply of essentials as well as medical supplies, PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment), test kits etc. to all parts of the country. For this purpose, the Ministry facilitated establishing Lifeline UDAN mechanism to match the requirements/consignments of States /UTs/MoHFW (HLL & ICMR)/other Ministries with special flight plans.

Initially, the consignor State Govts./UTs/agencies were to incur the transportation cost for Lifeline UDAN flights. However, a contingency expenditure plan for excess expenditure upto a total amount of Rs.30 crore was approved for payments of Lifeline UDAN operations to be made by MoCA. As of 18.09.2020, an amount of Rs.18.95 crore has been reimbursed by MoCA to airlines/ground handling agencies for Lifeline UDAN flights. State-wise details of flights are at Annexure B. (click here)

Remotely Piloted Aircraft System

The Ministry of Civil Aviation, upto 31.08.2020, has granted conditional exemption to the following State Government agencies for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System:

  • Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd.
  • Commissionerate of Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan
  • Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Education and Research, Government of Uttar Pradesh
  • Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department, Government of Haryana
  • Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine and Storage (DPPQS), Faridabad
  • Government Aviation Training Institute, Bhubaneswar
  • Telangana State Aviation Academy, Hyderabad

This information was given in a written reply by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/C) Civil Aviation, in Lok Sabha today.

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