Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), on Thursday, said that Indian government has given priority to countries in the Gulf region for scheduling repatriation flights to bring back the stranded workers under the Vande Bharat Mission.
“There was no delay in bringing back workers who were stuck in various countries in the Gulf region.
In fact, priority has been given to countries in the Gulf region for scheduling flights to bring back the stranded workers under the Vande Bharat Mission,” V Muraleedharan, Minister of State in the MEA, said in a reply to a question raised in Rajya Sabha.
The Indian Government started the Vande Bharat Mission in early May to bring back Indians stuck abroad because of coronavirus-lockdown.
The mission is currently in its 6th phase which will continue till October 24.
According to the data of MEA, 14.12 lakh+ Indian nationals stranded have returned to India under VBM so far.
The minister also said the Indian government had launched an initiative SWADES (Database of Skilled Workers Arrivals to Support Employment) to map skills returning citizens under the country carry out Vande Bharat mission.
This was done to facilitate the reintegration of migrant workers into the labor market and to promote effective employment opportunities, he added.
MEA also explained about SWADES – SWADES is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to give employment to those returnees qualified citizens based on their skills and experience.