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Indian Community Welfare Fund to help distressed Indians
January 14, 2014, 10:33 am
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Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) has been established by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), Government of India, with an aim to provide following welfare services to the members of Indian Community in distress:

(i)    Boarding and lodging for distressed overseas Indian workers in household / domestic sectors and unskilled labourers;
(ii)    Extending emergency medical care to the overseas Indians in need;
(iii)    Providing air passage to India to stranded overseas Indians in need;
(iv)    Providing initial legal assistance to the overseas Indians in deserving cases,
(v)    Expenditure on incidentals and for airlifting the mortal remains to India or local cremation/burial of the deceased overseas Indian in such cases where a sponsor is unable or unwilling to do so as per the contract and the family is unable to meet the cost.

Indian workers in need of emergency assistance or any other overseas Indian citizens who are in distress would be the main beneficiaries of the Fund.

The ICWF is self sustained by the Embassy through funds raised by levying a nominal service charge on consular services and through voluntary contributions from the Indian community. So, the expenditure on the activities mentioned above would be met by levying a nominal charge as per GOI guidelines. The amount fixed by the MOIA is Rs 100/- per document for all consular services, which comes out to be 0.500 KD (rounded figure) in local currency. The consular services include passport related services, attestation of documents, relation certificates, and other miscellaneous services.

The link pertaining to the details of the ICWF funds is http://moia.gov.in/services.aspx?id1=345&idp=345&mainid=73

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