Friday, September 4, 2009

Indian missions to have community welfare fund

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Mohammed Rasooldeen | Arab News

RIYADH: The Union Cabinet of India has approved the setting up of an Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) in Indian missions in 17 countries, including the Kingdom, to meet contingency expenses for welfare of overseas Indian citizens who are in distress.
Confirming the announcement on Thursday by his government, Rajeev Shahare, deputy head of mission of the Indian Embassy told Arab News that the new decision would help augment the existing funds of the ICWF that has been functioning in the mission for the past 10 years.
“The new move follows a proposal made by the Indian Embassy in Riyadh to offer such services to other missions that have large concentration of Indian workers in their respective countries,” Shahare said, adding that he was happy that his mission’s model is to be emulated by others in the region. The proposed fund by the Indian government, estimated at Rs.16 million, is aimed at providing boarding and lodging for distressed overseas Indian workers in domestic sector and unskilled laborers providing initial legal assistance to the overseas Indians in deserving cases and expenditure on airlifting the mortal remains to India or local cremation/burial of deceased in such cases where a sponsor is unable or unwilling to do so as per the contract and the family is unable to meet the cost.

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