Operation Ganga- India’s mega mission
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a high-level meeting on the Ukraine crisis in which the decision has been made that four union ministers would travel to the war-hit region and coordinate the evacuation mission and help students to come back home safely.
What is Mission Ganga?
India has begun a mega mission to evacuate its 20,000 citizens from Ukraine. India is the one and only country in the world which is evacuating its citizen from Ukraine on government expenses. Most of the other nations have clearly directed their citizens to do personal efforts and leave Ukraine on their own expenses.
On February 28, the Government of India declared that three Union Ministers, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Gen (Retd) VK Singh will be going to the neighboring countries of Ukraine to coordinate the evacuation of the Indians from the war-hit region.
Other missions in past:
Operation Mission Rahat: It is pointed out here that, Gen (Retd) VK Singh had coordinated the evacuation program ‘Mission Raahat’ in 2015 to get back Indians from war-hit Yemen when he was the MoS External Affairs.
Operation Sankat Mochan: In Operation Sankat Mochan in 2016, Gen VK Singh had personally come with 156 Indians evacuated by Indian Air Force in a C-17 aircraft from war-hit South Sudan.
Reports have showed that the Ukrainian security agencies are allegedly causing it difficult for Indian nationals, including students, to leave Ukraine. Some of the reports are also indicated that the Ukrainian agencies are not only using Indian nationals as leverage against India by placing them in a hostage-like situation but also assaulting and misbehaving with them.
India raised concerns about safety of Indians at UNSC:
Permanent representative of India to United Nations TS Tirumurti officially give his statement in which he expressed concerns about the safety of Indian nationals in Ukraine as reports had emerged of them being assaulted and harassed by the Ukrainian agencies.
Aim of Mission Ganga:
As Russia has declared military action against Ukraine on February 24, the Indians stranded in the war-hit zone are being evacuated by the government of India under the Mission Ganga program. The number of Indians are stuck in Ukraine is reported to be anywhere around 16,000 to 20,000.
Question & Answer:
Q1. What is the name of the operation to evacuate Indians from Ukraine?
Ans. Operation Ganga
Q2. How many ministers will be going to neighbouring countries of Ukraine to co-ordinate the program?
Ans. Four (Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kiren Rijiju, VK Singh)
Q3. Who is the permanent representative at UNSC from India?
Ans. TS Tirumurti
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