Shajapur, Madhya Pradesh:
Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia, has said that the central government will make every effort, as it did in the ‘Vande Bharat mission’, to get Indian civilians back from Afghanistan, where the Taliban is once again emerged.
The Vande Bharat mission was conducted last year to bring back Indians stranded abroad following the suspension of regular international flights following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Indian government will bring its citizens back to their homes from Afghanistan, as we did in the Vande Bharat mission, via Air India and the Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft, by any means necessary,” Scindia told reporters late Tuesday night. . in Madhya Pradesh’s Shajapur, which he attained as part of his ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’.
Mr Scindia said the Union government had started the evacuation from Afghanistan last Friday.
“The evacuation process took three days. But when a flight was about to take off on Sunday, NOTAM (a message to warn airplane pilots of potential hazards along a flight path) was received after gunfire at Kabul airport,” he said. said.
Following the NOTAM, airspace over Kabul was closed, hampering the evacuation process on Monday, the minister said.
Later on Tuesday, an Indian Air Force plane went to Kabul and returned Indian citizens, he said.
“We will leave no stone unturned to get all our citizens back from Afghanistan. We have done it before under the Vande Bharat mission,” the minister said.
After starting his ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ from MP’s Dewas district on Tuesday morning, Mr Scindia reached Shajapur late at night.
As part of the tour, several newly appointed Union ministers contact people and inform them about the Centre’s welfare arrangements.
In addition to Mr Scindia, Union Minister SP Singh Baghel also gave a tour of Gwalior district on Tuesday.
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