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Embassies to give NRIs free counselling

The Indian government will provide free counselling services to Indians abroad who need advice on legal, medical and financial matters, reports Nandini R Iyer.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2007 01:05 IST
Nandini R Iyer

The Indian government will provide free counselling services to Indians abroad who need advice on legal, medical and financial matters.

Minister for Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi told the Hindustan Times: “A decision has been taken to post director level officials at missions for the purpose and they will be supported by three counsellors—each a specialist in legal, health and financial matters".

To begin with, three counsellors will be posted—one in Washington to cover the US and Canada, one in Dubai to cover all the gulf nations and one in Malaysia to cover Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei.

The process of recruiting the counsellors has already begun and they will be appointed by mid-November. “Once hired, they will travel around the countries where they are posted," a source said.

NRIs will be notified in advance of visits by counsellors.

Sources said financial counselling would be a key area as several NRIs are not investment savvy. The counselling service will advise Indians abroad on how best to invest their money.