Largest Diaspora, Economy, Technology Development and Transfer

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Largest Diaspora

US > Malaysia > Saudi > UAE


  • $ 30 bn of remittances in 2010
  • Highest in the world
  • FDI

Technology Development and Transfer

  • Cultural link
  • World Leadership

GOI՚s Initiative for Diaspora

  • Pravasi Bhartiya Divas
  • Pravasi Bhartiya Samamn Award
  • Indian Community Welfare Fund
  • Overseas Citizenship of India scheme
  • Know India Programme
  • Study India Programme
  • Scholarship Programmes for Diaspora Children

PIO University

Legal and Financial Assistance to Women Deserted by their Overseas Indian Spouses

Pravasi Bhartiya Divas

  • 9th Jan every year since 2003
  • Provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities
  • Networking


Is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians

Indian Community Welfare Fund

  • In 43 missions in countries that have a significant overseas Indian population
  • Aimed at providing on site welfare services on a means tested basis in the most deserving cases

OCI Scheme

  • Introduced in 2005 by amending the Citizenship Act 1955
  • Provides for registration as OCI of all PIOs who were citizens of India on 26th Jan 1950 or thereafter or were eligible to become citizens of India on 26th Jan 1950 except who is or had been a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh, or such other country as the Central Govt may by notification specify
  • OCI does not confer political rights
  • Not entitled to the rights conferred on a citizen of India under Article 16 of the constitution

PIO University

  • Would be established
  • In 2011, government launched a web-based procedure of attesting employment contracts of Indian workers in the UAE to prevent exploitation by foreign employers

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