MUMBAI: As many as 480 Indian scientific scholars, who have been stranded in Russia because of the coronavirus- precipitated restrictions, arrived in Mumbai by means of a non-public chartered flight on Monday.

Some of the scholars who got here again thanked Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray for the assist in facilitating their go back.

Shiv Sena’s Mumbai-South MP Arvind Sawant advised PTI that he suggested scholars who contacted him to tweet to Thackeray for assist since he’s a cupboard minister and holds fee of the protocol division.

The scholars, who returned by means of the Royal Flight from Russia on Monday, integrated 470 from Maharashtra, 4 from the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, 4 from Madhya Pradesh and two from Goa.

“Each student contributed 400 dollars, (around Rs 30,000) for the journey,” mentioned Nikesh Ranjan of Delhi-based Nixtour on-line ticketing corporate which organized the flight.

Thackeray helped in coordinating with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the state govt and the Indian embassy for the go back of those scholars, he mentioned.

There have been just about 800 scholars from the state in Russia and everybody may now not go back by means of flights organized by means of the federal government beneath the ‘Vande Bharat Mission‘.

“Some of the students in Russia heard about our evacuation of students from Ukraine and contacted me. I also emailed Aaditya Thackeray and tweeted about the chartered flight and he cooperated,” Ranjan mentioned.

“I submitted the proposal to him on July 7 and the students are back home now,” he mentioned.

Ranjan mentioned his corporate additionally facilitated a chartered flight from Russia to Cochin on July 8. A flight is scheduled to reach in Bengaluru on Monday, some other one is scheduled for Delhi on July 15, and one will land in Chennai on July 18.

“There are nearly 3,000 Indian students stranded in Russia and they all will be back by this month-end. We collect the money from students and pay to the airline,” he mentioned.

Danish Mistry, a scientific pupil who returned to Mumbai on Monday by means of the flight, mentioned they attempted for go back by means of the Vande Bharat flight, nevertheless it didn’t determine.

“goal Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant advised us to tweet to Aaditya Thackeray for help in evacuation from Russia. Thackeray immediately responded to our request,” Mistry mentioned.

Another pupil Sneha Singh it was once a troublesome three- month duration for them and so they we have been attempting to return house, however no flights have been to be had. She thanked Thackeray and the ticketing corporate for the assist.

Sainath Durge, member of the Yuva Sena’s core committee mentioned Nixtour emailed Aaditya Thackeray for assist in getting permission for the non-public chartered flight, and the latter pursued the subject with the MEA and the state govt.


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