An Indian consular officer on Friday briefed Queen Elizabeth II in regards to the shut collaboration between the UK and India through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sanjibita Tariang, who works on the British Deputy Excessive Fee in Kolkata, narrated her expertise of serving to stranded British travellers get dwelling throughout India’s lockdown, in accordance with a statment by British Excessive fee.
She described how the “UK in India” group rose to the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID 19, by means of collaborative working between India and London, and with distinctive cooperation from the Indian authorities.
The UK repatriated practically 18,000 travellers from India on 66 constitution flights, from 11 Indian cities, between April and June.
The engagement occurred throughout a digital unveiling of a brand new portrait of Queen Elizabeth. The art work, painted by artist Miriam Escofet, will probably be on show within the refurbished reception of the brand new Overseas, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace.
The Queen praised FCO employees members for his or her work in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout the engagement, the Queen spoke to employees who labored on the repatriation effort and in addition heard in regards to the work the UK Authorities is doing internationally to develop a vaccine.
Narrating her expertise, Tariang stated: “Organising the repatriation flights was an enormous and sophisticated operation involving thorough planning and coordination. We additionally needed to acquire motion permissions throughout a nationwide lockdown – the principle problem was to organise transport from distant locations like Meghalaya and Manipur for a journey spanning 32 hours,” she stated.
“I used my native networks and Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Nepali language expertise to organise a protected journey for a few of the most weak and aged British nationals. For instance: arranging a bus all the way in which from Shillong to Kolkata; requesting help from cops to assist passengers cross borders; and getting lodges to open their eating places for dinner and packing breakfast for lengthy journeys – all so passengers may catch their flight within the nick of time,” she added.
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