Diaspora articles

Mukherjee asks youth Diaspora to learn about India

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee asked the youth of the Indian Diaspora to learn about India, its traditions and thought process and to use the knowledge for the betterment of the global community at large. Speaking to a group of Indian youth Diaspora attending the ‘Know India Programme’ (KIP) of the ministry of overseas Indian

Government pension scheme for Indians abroad

The Indian government is promoting a new Pension and Life Insurance Fund (PILF) scheme in a bid to provide financial security to poor Indians working abroad. Indian embassies have been told to help those wanting to subscribe to PILF, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said while launching the pilot scheme Tuesday. Non-resident

Kerala doubles allowances for diaspora

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government Wednesday doubled the financial assistance extended to the weaker and poorer sections of the state’s diaspora, which includes assistance to bring back the bodies of those who pass away abroad and medical assistance. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy made the announcement after the weekly cabinet meeting. “The financial assistance for medical assistance

Indian government to spend more on overseas Indians

New Delhi: The government will spend close to Rs 50 crore on welfare schemes targeted at overseas Indians in 2012-13, according to budgetary estimates proposed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has been allocated a total of Rs.114.77 crore for the next fiscal, a 41 per cent increase from

Non-resident Indians get voting rights

Jaipur: Fulfilling the long-standing demand of its Diaspora, India Sunday said it would allow Non-resident Indians (NRIs) to vote and participate in the election process. “Pursuant to the law that was enacted to enable Non-resident Indians to vote in our national elections, the government has issued notifications for registration of overseas electors under the Representation

Recession makes NRIs want to move back to India

Jaipur: With recession affecting the world economy, people of Indian origin settled abroad are now evincing interest in returning to India where they feel the growth story lies. “I come from Canada where the recession has really affected the economy. A few of my friends are planning to make investment in the country,” Kamal Singh,

NRI body opposes move to tax long stay in India

Washington: The largest umbrella organization of overseas Indians has urged the Indian government to withdraw a proposal to impose tax on non-resident Indians staying over 60 days during a visit to the homeland. It will be detrimental to the interests of NRIs who contribute substantially to the nation’s development, the Global Organization of People of