Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
|Pravāsī Bhāratīya Mamlon ke Mantralay|
|Dissolved||7 January 2016|
|Jurisdiction||Government of India|
|Headquarters||Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi|
Ministry was established in May 2004 as the Ministry of Non-Resident Indians' Affairs. It was renamed as the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) in September 2004.
The Ministry was merged with the Ministry of External Affairs on 7 January 2016. The government said that the decision was taken in line with government's "overall objective of minimising government and maximising governance" and that it will help the government address duplication as well as unnecessary delays.
The Ministry had four functional service divisions to handle its services:
- 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).
Ministers of Overseas Indian Affairs
The ministry has been headed by 4 ministers.
|№||Name||Portrait||Term of office||Political party||Prime Minister|
|1||Jagdish Tytler||22 May 2004||10 August 2005||Indian National Congress
|-||Vacant||10 August 2005||18 November 2005|
|2||Oscar Fernandes||18 November 2005||29 January 2006|
|3||Vayalar Ravi||29 January 2006||26 May 2014|
|4||Sushma Swaraj||26 May 2014||7 January 2016||Bharatiya Janata Party||Narendra Modi|
|If the office of Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs is vacant for any length of time, it automatically comes under the charge of the Prime Minister.|
- Indian diaspora
- Non-resident Indian and person of Indian origin
- Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
- Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
- Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana
- "Important Contacts". Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
- "An Overview". Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
- Sushma Swaraj [@SushmaSwaraj] (7 January 2016). "Hon'ble Prime Minister has kindly accepted my proposal. So MOIA will now be part of Ministry of External Affairs" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Government to merge overseas Indian affairs ministry with MEA - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
- "About Us". Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Archived from the original on 15 August 2007.
- "Pravasi Bharatiya Divas". Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs website. Archived from the original on 26 November 2010.
- "Former Ministers/Secretaries". Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Archived from the original on 28 March 2016.
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