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India Initiate- ICWF (Indian Community Welfare Fund)



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PM Modi while address the Indian gathering in Dubai spoke about ICWF and everyone was really impressed with the announcement.  The Fact of the matter is that the welfare fund was set up in May'2011 and its been around for years.  Mr.Modi making sure all these welfare scheme do reach out to people/citizen to make use of it.

Given below the objective and other details of the scheme which has extracted from 

OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHEME:

The Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) is aimed at providing the following services on a means tested basis in the most deserving cases:
  1. Boarding and lodging for distressed Overseas Indian workers in household/domestic sectors and unskilled labourers;
  2. Extending emergency medical care to the Overseas Indians in need;
  3. Providing air passage to stranded Overseas Indians in need;
  4. Providing initial legal assistance to the Overseas Indians in deserving cases;
  5. 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;
  6. Providing the payment of penalties in respect of Indian nationals for illegal stay in the host country where prima facie the worker is not at fault ;
  7. Providing the payment of small fines/penalties for the release of Indian nationals in jail/detention centers;
  8. Providing support to local Overseas Indian Associations to establish Overseas Indian Community Centers in countries that have population of Overseas Indians exceeding 1,00,000; and
  9. Providing support to start and run Overseas Indian Community-based student welfare centers in countries that have presence of more than 20,000 Indian students.


SOURCE OF FUNDING:


Voluntary contributions by Indian community:

Indian community members may like to contribute towards the Fund for which a proper receipt giving name and address of the contributor will be issued by the Mission.

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 administered by the following Heads Missions of to provide various on-site welfare services to the Indian citizens who are in dire distress:


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.

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