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Overseas Indians ministry to merge with MEA: Swaraj

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Jan 7: Union Exterl Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) will be merged with her ministry. She said her merger proposal was accepted by Prime Minister rendra Modi. “As minister for exterl affairs and overseas Indian affairs, I realised that substantial work of MOIA is done through our missions abroad,” she said in a tweet. “Therefore, I proposed to Hon’ble prime minister that MOIA should be merged with the ministry of exterl affairs,” she added. “The prime minister has kindly accepted my proposal. So the MOIA will now be part of the ministry of exterl affairs,” the minister announced. The MOIA, dedicated to the multitude of Indian tiols settled abroad, was established in May 2004 as the ministry of non-resident Indians’ affairs. Later, it was remed the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in September 2004. (IANS)

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