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Government of India
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
30-August-2012 15:56 IST
Indian Community Welfare Fund
The Government has established the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) in 2009, which has been extended to all the Missions to meet contingency expenditures incurred by them for carrying out various on-site welfare activities for Overseas Indian citizens who are in distress. The ICWF is aimed at providing boarding and lodging for distressed Overseas Indian workers in Household/domestic sectors and unskilled labourers on a means tested basis. It also provides to Overseas Indians (a) emergency medical care (b) air passage to stranded persons, (c) initial legal assistance d) expenditure on incidentals, and (e) airlifting the mortal remains to India or local cremation/burial of deceased Overseas Indians. This help is extended in such cases where the sponsor is unable or unwilling to bear the expenses as per the contract and the family is unable to meet the cost. The ICWF has been found to be very useful to extend on site welfare activities for overseas Indians.

The government gives its attention to extending necessary facilities and protection to Overseas Indians. It intervenes wherever the situation so warrants. The Government has signed Labour MOUs with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries for the protection and welfare of Overseas Indian workers.

This information was given by the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Shri Vayalar Ravi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.