MEA- Madhya Pradesh Outreach Conference On Consular, Passport and Diaspora Issues, Madhya Pradesh (24th September 2018)
The objective of this programme is to generate awareness and inform about various flagship programmes launched by the Ministry of External Affairs in the last few years. These programmes are aimed at simplifying the passport services, addressing grievances in a prompt and efficient manner and ensuring welfare and protection of Indian community abroad. The purpose of this MEA – State outreach conference is to connect more effectively with the State Government, inform them about the Ministry’s programmes and schemes for overseas Indians, passport and consular initiatives, and seek cooperation and assistance of State Government in addressing issues which are common.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) with the citizen-centric approach, has also adopted practices of e-governance, streamlined emigration to ECR countries, setup online grievances redressal mechanisms and focused on efficient delivery of consular and passport services. The focus of MEA is to be outcome-oriented, identify areas where both the Centre and the state governments can collaborate and come up with joint efforts. In this spirit, GoI has been working with State Governments over the last two months.
As a part of this effort, Ministry started a series of outreach meetings with the States called ‘Videsh Sampark’. The purpose is to connect more effectively with the State Government, inform them about our Ministry’s programmes and schemes for overseas Indians, our passport and consular initiatives, and seek cooperation and assistance of State Government in addressing issues which are common to both sides.
The Government has given high priority to engagement with the overseas Indians. Government is seeking sustained and issue-based dialogue with them, both in India and outside. Overseas Indians are keen to give back to their place of origin and are looking for a credible platform through which they can do so. India Development Foundation IDF-OI is a not-for profit trust set up by the Government. With contributions from overseas Indians IDF-OI is promoting Government of India’s flagship programmes: Swachh Bharat Mission and Clean Ganga Mission. Government of India strengthened the institutional framework for welfare and protection of Overseas Indians. As we all are aware, India has a major share in providing highly skilled and semi-skilled workforce to any countries. Every year on-line emigration clearance is being granted, for overseas employment.
The expected outcome of this meeting will be to educate the State Government officials who are present and result in a mutually beneficial interaction, to deal more effectively with issues relating to overseas Indians and consular, passport services.