New Delhi, March 1: In order to scale up the ongoing evacuation efforts under 'Operation Ganga', Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked the Indian Air Force to join the evacuation efforts amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
Sources said leveraging the capacities of the Indian Air Force would ensure that more people could be evacuated in a shorter time frame. It would also help to deliver humanitarian aid more efficiently.
The IAF is likely to deploy several C-17 aircrafts as part of 'Operation Ganga' from Tuesday. The Union Government has launched 'Operation Ganga' to bring back stranded students and Indian citizens from the conflict-torn Ukraine. Special flights are being operated by Air India as part of the 'Operation Ganga' mission.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called on President Ram Nath Kovind and briefed him on the prevailing situation and steps being taken by the government.
PM Modi, while presiding over a high-level meeting over the Russia-Ukraine crisis on Monday, said the entire government machinery was working round the clock to ensure that all stranded Indians in Ukraine were safe and secure, said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. This was the second high-level meeting chaired by the Prime Minister during the day over the prevailing situation in Ukraine.
'Special Envoys', including Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju and Gen (Retd) VK Singh, will travel to neighbouring countries of Ukraine to coordinate evacuations of stranded Indians amid the ongoing Russian-Ukraine war.