India has decided to waive off death registration fee for non resident Indians in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.
A gazette notification in this regard was expected soon after the Indian Ministry of External Affairs approved a proposal, Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said.
The death registration fee currently is SR 200 for natural death and SR 240 in the case of unnatural death. The charge has to be paid by the Saudi sponsor under the Kingdom's laws.
The minister is in Saudi Arabia in connection with the Arab summit in which India participated as an observer.
The minister also said that Air-India's low-cost carrier, Air-India Express, has proposed extending its Bahrain-Cochin service to Dammam to serve passengers from the Eastern Province.
The minister was quoted in the media as saying that the government has decided to go ahead with the proposal to set up a Pravasi Bharatiya University in one of India's Special Economic Zones for the benefit of the children of the non-resident Indians.
However, the site of the proposed university, which will function under the umbrella of the University Grants Commission, has not yet been decided.