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Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to Merge with MEA
Jan 09, 2016

Nearly 12 years after it was set up to improve engagement with the Indian diaspora, the Union Government has decided to merge the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) with the External Affairs Ministry in sync with its broad principle of minimum government, maximum governance. 

  • It was realised that substantial work of MOIA is done through our missions abroad. Therefore, the Ministry proposed to Prime Minister that MOIA should be merged with Ministry of External Affairs.

  • The process of merger has already begun while keeping in mind the needs of the diaspora. 

  • This decision will help government address duplication as well as unnecessary delays in various works.

  • Since creation of MOIA in 2004, there have been two separate ministers in charge of the two ministries. 

  • Established in May 2004 as the Ministry of Non-Resident Indians’ Affairs, it was renamed as the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in September 2004.

  • The primary task of the MOIA was to connect the Indian diaspora with its motherland.

  • The Ministry initiated various programmes focusing on developing networks with and amongst the overseas Indians with the intent of building partnership with the diaspora.


Incidentally, MOIA never had a separate finance division and was entirely dependent on MEA for this expertise. In fact, this led to frequent friction with MOIA asking finance ministry several times for permission to create a separate finance division, as it felt that ministry's budget was being utilised for the objectives of MEA. For example, MEA had dipped into MOIA's funds given to various Indian missions for distressed overseas Indians to fund the several big evacuation operations conducted in West Asia in 2014 and 2015.

 


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