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Operation Ganga- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: International Relations- Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests.

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Why Operation Ganga in news?

  • Recently, the Prime Minister of India chaired a high-level meeting, to review the ongoing efforts under Operation Ganga to bring back Indians stranded in Ukraine.
  • He said that the entire government machinery is working round the clock to ensure that all Indian nationals there are safe and secure.
  • Recently, India operated its first evacuation flight under Operation Ganga and brought back 219 Indians from Romania’s capital Bucharest to Mumbai.

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What is Operation Ganga?

  • ‘Operation Ganga’ is the initiative launched by the government of India to bring back Indians stranded in Ukraine.
  • Under this, India has already successfully brought back more than 1,000 of its nationals from the country.
  • Under Operation Ganga, 24×7 control centres have been set up to assist in the evacuation of Indians through the border crossing points with Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovak Republic.
  • Dedicated Twitter Handle: ‘OpGanga Helpline’, a dedicated twitter handle has also been dedicated to the Operation Ganga
    • At OpGanga Helpline’ Twitter handle, all information regarding the evacuation process and advisories of embassies are shared to keep everyone up-to-date.

India’s stand on Russia-Ukraine Conflict


What is the Need for Operation Ganga?

  • Stranded Citizens: Thousands of Indians, especially students studying medicine in Ukraine, have been stuck in the country since it closed its airspace as a security measure after Russia launched “special military operations”.
  • Finding an Alternative Route: Many students who reached Ukraine’s borders with Poland and Romania have not been allowed to enter those nations.
    • The government had identified an alternate train route to help evacuate the students, from Uzhhorod in western Ukraine to Budapest, Hungary’s capital city.
    • India has also decided to send four Union Ministers to Poland and Romania to oversee the evacuation.

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