India to set up unit to monitor departing Indians

India is planning to set up an authority to monitor the activities of Indians leaving the country for overseas work.

India’s minister for Overseas Indian Affairs,  Vayalar Ravi, plans to bring a legislation in the next parliamentary session to set up an authority to facilitate migration of its citizens to other countries, and create a comprehensive database of Indians working abroad

Loosely titled the Emigration Authority, the new unit will have details of its citizens migrating to other countries for work and other purposes.

Speaking with reporters in Dubai, the minister also announced that the government has approved the use of the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) for building cremation facilities and community centres in Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

A crematorium is already being built in Sharjah after Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, donated land for that purpose, India’s PTI news agency reported.

However, he described government’s funding a ‘symbolic contribution’.

Ravi also urged Indians in the UAE to register online for votes in large numbers and said his ministry is working out details of NRIs participating in the electoral process.

The next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, a conference of overseas Indians, will be held in Dubai on 12 and 13 October.


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