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Jan 09, 2013

Prime Minister unveils OIFC’s publication at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

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Kochi: At the backdrop of the ongoing 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh, unveiled Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre’s publication – ‘India Supports: Handbook for Overseas Indians to facilitate economic engagement’ today in Kochi.

The Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC), a public-private-partnership between the Government of India through Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has published this handbook with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India as its Knowledge Partner. The publication, ‘India Supports’ gives an insight into various schemes and measures activities that the Government has developed keeping in mind aspects that would be useful for Overseas Indians.

On successful publishing of this handbook Hon’ble Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Vayalar Ravi said, “I am pleased to know that OIFC has taken an initiative to bring out this publication. As we are aware ‘Rising-India’ is work in progress and not an accomplished task. In this background, the Government of India has taken many initiatives to support Overseas Indian community. The tenor of the relationship between India and its diaspora has completely altered now. Initiatives and schemes like the Persons of India Origin (PIO) cars, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), dedicated Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and events like Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conventions, are some prominent examples of policy reorientation of the Government of India aimed to support its diaspora.”

Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, Secretary Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and Chairman, OIFC said, “Over the last decade, the Indian government has set policies and strategies to support its nationals and their descendants who live abroad. Creation of a dedicated MOIA in 2004 is one such example. I hope that the Indian Diaspora find ‘India Supports’ a useful guide in their quest for information on how Indian diaspora could benefit from the policies of the Government of India.”