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GK SPECIAL TOPIC : INDIAN COMMUNITY WELFARE FUND
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:29

 


INDIAN COMMUNITY WELFARE FUND

The Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) is aimed at providing ‘on site' welfare services on a means tested basis in the most deserving cases including:

a) Boarding and lodging for distressed overseas Indian workers in Household / domestic sectors and unskilled labourers;

b) Extending emergency medical care to the overseas Indians in need;

c) Providing air passage to stranded overseas Indians in need;

d) Providing initial legal assistance to the overseas Indians in deserving cases,

e) 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.

Overseas Indian workers duped by unscrupulous intermediaries in the host countries, runaway house maids, those who become victim of accidents, deserted spouses of overseas Indians or undocumented overseas 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 Fund will also be utilized to meet the expenditure for airlifting the mortal remains of overseas Indian citizens to India on a means tested basis, on the recommendation of respective Heads of Missions.

The ICWF would be funded through budgetary support from the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, funds raised by the Indian Missions by levying a nominal service charge on consular services and through Voluntary contributions from the Indian community.

Currently the Fund is provided in the following countries: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Syria, Lebanon, Thailand, Iraq and Maldives, Australia, Canada, Mauritius, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, UK and USA, Fiji, Reunion Island, Guadeloupe/St. Martinique, France, Germany, Guyana, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Suriname, Tanzania and Egypt.

The government of India has recently modified the scheme of ICWF and accordingly the procedure for disbursement from ICWF has also been modified. It has been decided to utilise the fund in providing the following services on a mean tested basis in the most deserving cases:

I. Boarding and lodging for distressed overseas Indian workers in household/domestic sectors and unskilled labourers.

II.  Extending emergency medical care to the overseas Indian in need.

III. Providing air passage 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 Indians in such cases where the sponsor is unable or unwilling to do so as per the contract and the family is unable to meet the cost.

VI. Providing the payment of penalities in respect of Indian nationals for illegal stay in the host country where proma facies the worker is not at fault.

VII. Providing the payment of small fines/penalities for the release of Indian nationals in jail/detention centre.

VIII. Providing support to the local overseas Indian association to establish overseas Indian community centres in countries that have population of overseas Indians exceeding 100,000.

IX. Providing support to start and run overseas Indian community based student welfare centres in countries that have more than 20,000 Indian students presence.