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Indian minister to go on Gulf tour

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister V Ravi will leave for Gulf to study problems faced by the Indians there.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 13:05 IST

Overseas Indian Affairs (OIA) Minister Vayalar Ravi will begin a weeklong tour of the Gulf Countries from May 3, 2006 to study the problems being faced by the predominant Indian diaspora there.

"The visit is intended mostly to interact with the Indians in Gulf countries to understand their grievances so that they are redressed," OIA Ministry told.

The Minister would spend sizeable time to understand the condition of the Indian workers and discuss with the Indian community and the government the ways to improve their lot.

He will start his tour with a visit to Bahrain on May 3. His daylong engagement there includes participation in a seminar organised by the Indian embassy to discuss labour-related issues and a meeting with Labour Minister Majid bin Muhsin Al Alawi.

He will also have an audience with Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown prince and chief of Economic Development Board- In charge of Labour Market Reforms and Bahrainisation.

In the evening, he would attend a public meeting at the Indian club organised by the Coordination Committee of Indian Associations.

The second leg of his tour will take him to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he will attend a series of programmes in the next three days up to May 6.

Mr Ravi will launch computerised consular-passport services in the embassy of Abu Dhabi on May 4. He will hand over the first Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card at the function at the Abu Dhabi Embassy auditorium in the evening.

He would receive community leaders and delegations at the premises of the Consulate General of India. He would then devote nearly two hours to meetings with presidents and secretaries of all the Indian Associations.

First Published: May 02, 2006 13:05 IST