GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)

The Government of India launched the ‘Operation Ganga’ initiative to bring back Indians from Ukraine. According to the ministry of external affairs (MEA), a dedicated Twitter account, 'OpGanga', has been set up to assist 'Operation Ganga'.

More about Operation Ganga

  1. Due to the closing of Ukrainian airspace, the Indian evacuation flights are operating out of Romanian capital Bucharest and Hungarian capital Budapest.
  2. India is facilitating the evacuation of stranded Indians from Ukraine through its land border crossings with Romania, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
  3. Under the ‘Operational Ganga’ plan, the first Air India flight carrying 219 Indian evacuees from Ukraine had landed in the Mumbai airport from Bucharest.
  4. So far, a total of 469 Indian nationals have been evacuated from war-hit Ukraine, out of which 200 landed in Delhi and 219 landed in Mumbai.
  5. The third Air India flight with around 240 Indians on board has left for Delhi from the Hungarian capital Budapest.
  6. Amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, the Government of India on 28 February 2022 decided to send Union ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju and Gen (Retd) VK Singh to neighbouring countries of Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation of Indian students stranded in the crisis-hit country.
  7. This comes following high-level meetings chaired by the Prime Minister on 28 February 2022. The Prime Minister accorded top priority to the evacuation of Indian students stranded in Ukraine.