ICWF scheme revision announced
Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Monday announced the revised Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) scheme at the 7th Heads of Indian Missions (HoMs) conference.
The conference was organized by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) to discuss the issues related to protection and welfare of Overseas Indian workers.
In his Inaugural address Ravi said that the MOIA is considering to open a Protector of Emigrants Office (PoE) in Bengaluru adding that Rae Bareli PoE office is ready and Guwahati PoE office would be functional soon.
Ravi said that the revised ICWF scheme states assistance towards boarding expenses per head by HOMs will be enhanced from 15 to 30 days.
He said the revised scheme will include payment of penalties in respect of Indian nationals for illegal stay in the host country where prima facie the worker is not at fault, payment of small fines/penalties for the release of Indian nationals in jail/detention centre.
It also includes providing support to local Overseas Indian Associations to establish Overseas Indian Community Centres in countries that have populations of Overseas Indians exceeding 1,00,000 and providing support to start and run Overseas Indian Community-based student welfare centres in Countries that have more than 20,000 Indian students' presence.
Ravi called upon the HoMs to bestow special attention to Overseas Indians, particularly overseas Indian workers and address their concerns.
On the occasion, Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs Preneet Kaur and Secretary, MOIA Parwez Dewan were also present.
The conference is being attended by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as well as Jordan, Yemen, Malaysia, the Maldives Angola, Thailand, Nigeria, Iraq and Libya.