Each of a new series of awards instituted to recognise outstanding contributions made by Indian workers abroad will carry a citation and a cash of Rs.100,000.
These awards, instituted by the ministry of overseas Indian affairs, will be separate from the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards that are presented to members of the Indian diaspora, both NRIs and persons of Indian origin.
A maximum of 10 such awards under the Pravasi Bharatiya Shramik Samman scheme will be presented in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the annual conclave of the Indian diaspora organised by the ministry, a senior official said.
The awards will recognise overseas Indian workers or NRI workers employed by an overseas 'employer' in any country or place outside India for distinguished record of performance, devotion to duty of a high order, contribution towards fostering better understanding of his fellow Indian workers and for improving the image of the country through their performance.
The awards will also recognise those who have made the supreme sacrifice of laying down their lives in their conscientious discharge of their duties.
The awardee and spouse will be provided with return economy fare from the country they are based in and four days' hospitality by the Indian government in the course of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas when the awards will be presented.
Nominations for these awards will be received from heads of Indian diplomatic missions abroad and prominent overseas Indians personalities and employers as decided by MOIA.
All nominations should reach MOIA latest by Dec 15 every year.
According to the eligibility criteria, the nominated worker should be involved in 'work' as defined in the Emigration Act, 1983, and recruited through process of recruitment as defined in the same Act.
The worker should have worked continuously at least for the past two years in the nominating establishment.
The Pravasi Bharatiya Shramik Samman awards will be announced on the eve of every Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and will be presented at the valedictory session of the event to be chaired by the Indian president, before the distribution of the Pravasi Bharaiya Samman awards.
The first of this new series of awards will be presented during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to be held in New Delhi from January 7 to 9 next year.