Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs

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Republic of India
Ministry of External Affairs
प्रवासी भारतीय मामलों के मंत्रालय
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Agency overview
Formed 2004
Jurisdiction Republic of India
Headquarters Cabinet Secretariat
Raisina Hill, New Delhi
Minister responsible

The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) was part of the government of India. It was dedicated to the multitude of Indian nationals settled out of India.

History and Establishment[edit]

Ministry was established in May 2004 as the Ministry of Non-Resident Indians’ Affairs and in September 2004 it was renamed as the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA).[1]

Positioned as a ‘Services’ Ministry, it provided information, partnerships and facilitations for all matters related to Overseas Indians: Non-Resident Indian and Person of Indian Origin.[1]


The Ministry had four functional service divisions to handle its services:[1]

  • Diaspora Services
  • Financial Services
  • Emigration Services
  • Management Services

First two divisions were headed by Joint Secretaries. The Protector General of Emigrants (PGoE) headed the Overseas Employment Services Division. The Social Services Unit and the Management Services Unit were staffed with officers of the rank of Deputy Secretary. The Information Services Unit was headed by Senior Technical Director (NIC).[2]

The ministry also sponsored the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Non-resident Indian Day) established in 2003, when it also instituted the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.[3]

Merger with Ministry of External Affairs[edit]

This Ministry was merged with Ministry of External Affairs on Jan 7th, 2016.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Overview". Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Archived from the original on 15 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "Pravasi Bharatiya Divas". Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs website. 
  4. ^