Evacuation of Indians, aid to Ukraine focus of PM Modi's high-level meet

Published on Feb 28, 2022 07:46 PM IST

Russia-Ukraine war: Prime Minister Modi said that the entire government machinery is working 24x7 to ensure that all Indians are safe and secure

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a high-level meeting on Ukraine
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a high-level meeting on Ukraine
By | Written by Aryan Prakash

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a high-level meeting on Ukraine. External affairs minister S Jaishankar along with senior ministers were present in the meeting.  This is the second meeting chaired by the prime minister over the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia. 

During the meeting, the prime minister said that the entire government is working round-the clock to ensure that all Indian nationals are safe and secure, the ministry of external affairs said in a statement. 

“The prime minister pointed that the visit of four senior ministers as his Special Envoys to various nations will energize the evacuation efforts. It is reflective of the priority the government attaches to this matter,” the statement added.

According to the MEA statement, PM Modi said the first consignment of relief supplies to Ukraine to deal with the humanitarian situation on Ukraine’s borders would be despatched tomorrow.

Prime Minister Modi also stated that India will help people from neighbouring countries and developing countries who are stranded in Ukraine and may seek assistance.

On Sunday, PM Modi held a two-hour long meeting with external affairs minister S Jaishankar, foreign secretary Harsh V Shringla and other top officials. 

During the meeting, the prime minister made it clear that the evacuation of Indians from the war-hit country is a top priority.  

Besides sending humanitarian relief, the Modi government is sending four union ministers tonight to expedite the evacuation process under Mission Ganga. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri will monitor evacuation from Hungary, civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia will be in-charge of evacuation operations from Romania and Moldova, law minister Kiren Rijiju will expedite trans-border movement from Slovenia and roads and transport minister General VK Singh will be supervising the operation from the Polish border.

 

In recent developments, the Ministry of External Affairs has informed that a total of 1,396 Indians have been brought back to the country from Ukraine. 

“The situation is fluid…some of them quite concerning. Nevertheless, we have been able to accelerate our evacuation process,” MEA spoksperson Arindam Bagchi said. 

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