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Overseas Indian Affairs

Mr. Prem Narain


Proactively engage with Overseas Indians to meaningfully serve India.


Establish a vibrant institutional framework based on three value propositions:Through multi-skilled market driven entities promoted by the Ministry and managed by knowledge partners.Policy coherence in strategic engagement with Overseas Indians.Enlisting the States as partners in emigration management and Overseas Indian related initiatives.

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The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) is a dynamic, young and interactive ministry, dedicated to the multitude of Indian Nationals settled abroad. Established in May 2004 as the Ministry of Non-Resident Indians’ Affairs, it was renamed as the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) in September 2004. Driven by a mission of development through coalitions in a world without borders, MOIA seeks to connect the Indian Diaspora community with its motherland. 

Positioned as a ‘Services’ Ministry, it provides information, partnerships and facilitations for all matters related to Overseas Indians (comprising Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) ). 
  1. Facilitate sustained, symbiotic and strategic engagement of Overseas Indians with India and offer them a wide variety of services in economic, social and cultural matters.
  2. Extend institutional support for individual initiatives and community action to harness the knowledge, skills and resources of Overseas Indians to supplement the national development efforts.
  3. Transforming management of emigration through appropriate domestic interventions and international cooperation.
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
1. Implementation of the recommendations of the PMs Global advisory council of overseas Indians Ministry of External affairs/Finance/Commerce&Industry/HR D/ICCR ]Implementation of the action points No. 2 2 2 2 2
2. Social security agreements Ministry of Labour & Employment/External Affairs/Commerce/Finance No. of agreements implemented No. 3 4 4 4 4
3. Issue of Overseas Citizenship Number of cards issued of India (OCI) cards tooverseas Indians Ministry of External affairs/Home Number of cards issued No. 210000 220000 225000 230000 230000
4. Enhanced engagement of Overseas Indians with India Ministry of External affairs/Labour/Finance/Commerce&Indus try Investment by Overseas Indians in India(In rupees) No.   TBD TBD TBD TBD
5. Improved Institutional support for overseas indians to supplement the national development efforts Ministry of External Affairs/Home/HRD/I&B/Finance Interactions in India No. 3 3 3 3 3
    Face to face deliberations outside India No. 4 4 4 4 4
    Analysis of feedback from the overseas indians regarding the services provided by OIFC % 100 100 100 100 100
    Steering group meetings &high level diaspora consultations &strategy meetings No. 2 2 2 2 2
    Number of research partners/studies commissioned on matters relating to Overseas Indians No. 2 2 2 2 2
    National campaign-No. of days No. 150 150 150 150 150
    Rural campaign-No. of districts No. 5 5 5 5 5
    Assessment of the impact of awareness campaign % TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD