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MOIA to create data bank of Indians abroad

delhi Updated: Jun 28, 2009 16:05 IST
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Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has launched an ambitious project to create a data bank of all those going abroad to ensure their well-being, a move triggered by incidents of attacks on Indians abroad.

The project, first of its kind, was taken up after the Ministry realised that there was no statistics available with the government to keep track of its citizens abroad to ensure their well-being and safety in view of the recent violent
attacks on Indian students in Australia.

Starting initially with the students, the data bank, will have all the details about them, such as the name of the city where they are residing, name of the college/university they are studying at and place of their work.

"The data bank project is a very very ambitious project. It is being created to keep a track and ensure well-being of our students in foreign countries," Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi told PTI in an interview.

Ravi, who became the Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Minister for the second successive term, said his Ministry is in consultation with the Home Ministry on the logistics of the project besides being in talks with the Ministry of External Affairs for its successful implementation.

He said the data bank is being created as part of efforts to institutionalise mechanism for safety and well-being of the Indian students studying abroad.