NRI Ministry renamed as Overseas Indian Affairs

Updated on Sep 09, 2004 07:46 PM IST

The Ministry of NRI Affairs has been renamed as the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, it was announced on Thursday.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi

The Ministry of NRI Affairs has been renamed as the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, it was announced on Thursday.

A notification to this effect has been issued by the Rashtrapati Bhawan, an official spokesman said.

In Hindi, the ministry will now be known as `Pravasi Bhartiya Karya Mantralaya.'

The UPA Government had created the new NRI Ministry under Cabinet Minister Jagdish Tytler but there was no clear-cut work allocation to it.

Overlapping of NRI-related issues already under the charge of the External Affairs Ministry added to the woes of the NRI Ministry with the former unwilling to give up areas under it.

Official sources said with the renaming of the ministry, its area of operation would be broadened dealing with issues concerning Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) as well as all overseas Indians, including People of Indian Origin (PIOs).

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