Coronavirus: India Readies 500 Planes, 3 Ships to Repatriate Citizens

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With three Indian naval war ships and 500 aircraft on standby, the India government has given clear indication that it is all set to undertake in what could be the biggest repatriation operation of stranded Indians from the Gulf countries amid the coronavirus crisis.

As the clamour for repatriation is rising from hundreds of thousands of Indians in the virus-hit Gulf countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that blue collar workers, who are hard hit by the global pandemic, will get the first seats in special repatriation flights. Students stranded in foreign countries will be next and then Indians who were travelling for work.

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