Ukraine evacuation: No stone left behind, says government, SC suggests website information
New Delhi, March 4:
The Attorney General informed the Supreme Court that students stranded earlier in Odessa in Ukraine switched to Romani. He also said they would be brought back on a special flight tonight.
The AG, KK Venugopal, made the request after filing a petition asking the Center to evacuate Indian students from war-torn Ukraine.
The AG said the prime minister had a meeting with ministers this morning to expedite the evacuation of the remaining Indians from Ukraine. The court said it appreciated the government’s efforts. The Chamber also shared parents’ concerns regarding the safe evacuation of their children to Ukraine.
The AG also said 17,000 Indian nationals had been evacuated. India has experience in evacuation, the GA said while citing the situation in Kuwait where more than a lakh Indians have been evacuated. He also said that the government was making every effort to bring back all Indians.
The SC also suggested that the government maintain a website to update information on how many Indians have been brought in from Ukraine and how many have yet to be brought back. The court said the identities of those who have not yet been brought back could also be updated, as this would relieve parents of their anxiety. The AG said it would convey this message to the government.
The bench headed by India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana said on Thursday, “We feel bad for the students, but can we ask the Russian president to stop the war?”
We have every sympathy with the student. The Indian government is doing its job. We still ask the Attorney General what we can do, had also observed the judiciary. The petition asked for a directive to rescue more than 200 Indian students stranded at Ukraine’s borders.