Kolkata British High Commission official briefs Queen about repatriation of Britons

Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service
Kolkata, July 26

Don’t blame Sanjibita Nariang for feeling a wee bit nervous earlier than this explicit video-conference. Most of us would have most likely felt the identical if the particular person on the different finish was none aside from the British monarch who had logged in for the digital assembly from her workplace room on the Buckingham Palace in London.

The Queen, nevertheless, quickly put the official comfy. “One warm smile from Her Majesty made me feel comfortable and at home,” an excited Sanjibita wrote on a Facebook put up on Sunday.

Nariang, Regional Consular Development Officer at British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata, interacted with Queen Elizabeth II when she shared with the 94-year-old monarch her expertise of serving to stranded British travellers return house throughout India’s lockdown.  

UK repatriated practically 18,000 travellers from India on 66 constitution flights, from 11 Indian cities, between April and June. The repatriation effort was the most important globally for the UK.

“Organising the repatriation flights was a huge and complex operation involving thorough planning and coordination.  We also had to obtain movement permissions during a nationwide lockdown. The main challenge was to organise transport from remote places like Meghalaya and Manipur for a road journey to Kolkata spanning 32 hours,” she instructed the Queen.

“I used my local networks and language skills to organise a safe journey for some of the most vulnerable and elderly British nationals. The job entailed arranging transport from remote locations to Kolkata, requesting assistance from police officers to help passengers cross inter-state borders and getting hotels to open their restaurants for dinner and packing breakfast for long journeys,” Nariang knowledgeable the Queen. 

“It was with the support of the Indian authorities and great teamwork across the British High Commission’s Indian network that we could successfully organise this operation,” Nariang added.

While appreciating the trouble by the employees for the repatriation of British nationals, the Queen additionally confirmed curiosity within the work the UK Government is doing internationally to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Beyond the repatriation effort, the UK and India are also working together to combat the effects of Covid-19.  A vaccine—developed in the UK and manufactured in India, benefitting the whole world—is the ultimate goal,” defined Sir Philip Barton, British High Commissioner to India.

The event additionally noticed the Queen attending the digital unveiling of a brand new portrait of her. It was the primary time a portray of a member of the British royal household was unveiled in a web based name. The portray will likely be displayed within the refurbished reception of the brand new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in London.



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