NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, interacted with the officials of Indian missions and community organisations and commended them for facilitating speedy and dignified evacuation of the stranded Indians from besieged Ukraine. Four union ministers tasked with evacuating Indians from the neighbouring states of Ukraine — namely, Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs & Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of Law and Justice, General VK Singh, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Civil Aviation, and Jyotiraditya M. Scindia Union Minister for Civil Aviation — also participated in the virtual meeting. About 23,000 Indian citizens, and 147 foreign nationals belonging to 18 countries have been evacuated from Ukraine under Operation Ganga, the Government of India stated in a release.
Apart from the representatives of Indian communities, workers of the private sector in Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary narrated their experiences of the evacuation mission.
Prime Minister Modi praised the patriotic fervor, the sense of community service, and the team-spirit extended by everyone engaged in the evacuation mission. He also appreciated several individual and voluntary organisations, pointing out that their selfless service exemplifies the Indian civilisational values that they continue to embody even in foreign shores, a statement of the Ministry of External Affairs reads.
Nagma Mohamed Mallick, Indian Ambassador to Poland along with other officials in the mission were also seen at the meeting. The embassy officials and organisations supporting bringing back students from Romania, Hungary were also invited to the meeting with PM Modi. Due to an intensifying war in Ukraine, India has shifted its embassy from Lviv, Ukraine to Poland.