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Special NRI centres in 5 countries

Pravasi Welfare Centres in these countries will address problems faced by Indian nationals working abroad.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 01:26 IST

India will soon open special offices in five countries to address the myriad problems faced by its nationals working abroad.

The centres will also coordinate their investment plans back home.

The offices, likely to be named as "Pravasi Welfare Centres", will be set up in the Middle-East, Europe, the United States and South-East Asia.

They will be under the direct control of Ministry for Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA).

"These centres will cater to the problems faced by Indians abroad like labour issues, visa troubles and their social and cultural needs," Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said.

Two centres would be opened in the Middle-East, where a large number of Indians reside, he said.

He further said that they may come up in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi, but the final decision on their locations have not been taken.

The offices will work as an interface between them and various Government departments.

The day-to-day affairs of the offices would be taken care of by the respective Indian missions, but their overall administrative control would be with the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry.

"Indian missions abroad are looking after diplomatic functions. So we felt the need for opening up special offices for catering to the needs of the Pravasis," he said, adding at least three of them would be set up within three months.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 16:01 IST