‘1.83 cr people saved through Vande Bharat Mission’

Thakur said that in 2021-22, under one of the biggest victories of the government’s rescue operations, 1.83 crore citizens were brought back home during the pandemic…reports Asian Lite News

Union minister Anurag Thakur, while addressing the media on Monday, claimed that the government saved 1.83 crore people through its Vande Bharat Mission.

Thakur said that in 2021-22, under one of the biggest victories of the government’s rescue operations, 1.83 crore citizens were brought back home during the pandemic.

Elaborating on the rescue operations carried out by the government over the years, Thakur specified that saving Indian lives in distress has been a paramount concern for the government and India has been at the forefront of the operations across the globe.

Thakur apprised that in February-March 2022, 22,500 civilians were rescued through Operation Ganga while 670 Indian citizens were rescued from Afghanistan under Operation Devi Shakti.

As many as 654 Indians were rescued from Wuhan, China, the minister said.

Thakur claimed that along with Indians, the government also helped foreign nationals in distress.

Giving details, he said that 155 people, including two Nepali nationals, were rescued from South Sudan under Operation Sankat Mochan in 2016.

He added that 5,000 Indians and 170 foreign nationals were rescued from Nepal as part of Operation Maitri.

A total of 6,710 people, including 1,962 foreigners, were rescued from Yemen under Operation Rahat, he said.

‘Decrease in terror, extremist activities’

Thakur said on Monday that terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir had been contained since 2014 due to surgical strikes and other strict steps taken by the Modi government.

Thakur, while addressing the media, said that a reduction of 168 per cent was recorded in the incidents of terrorism and claimed that there was a decline of 80 per cent in the extremist violence in northeast.

Referring to the banning of the PFI, Thakur claimed that strict action by the government against such radical organisations would continue.

The Union Minister criticised Pakistan for supporting terrorists and openly speaking in favour of terrorism.

Thakur claimed that along with internal security, peace had been established in the states of J&K and northeast with massive development in infrastructure.

Thakur claimed that the conviction rate in cases of terror financing had increased to 94 per cent.

Holding the Congress responsible for the situation in the northeastern states, Thakur said that the party worked on the Look East policy but kept development projects at bay for decades.

He added that the said projects which had been pending for 50 years were being completed by the ruling government, and called basic infrastructure a gift of the Modi-led government.

Thakur claimed that 6,000 militants had surrendered since 2014, with the rate of civilian casualties coming down by 89 per cent.

He added that incidents of Maoism had decreased by 265 per cent.

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