India’s Overseas Indians ministry to merge with Ministry of External Affairs

Sushma Swaraj (File photo: PTI)
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NEW DELHI– Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) will be merged with her ministry.

Sushma Swaraj (File photo: PTI)
Sushma Swaraj (File photo: PTI)

She said her merger proposal was accepted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“As minister for external 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 external affairs,” she added.

“The prime minister has kindly accepted my proposal. So the MOIA will now be part of the ministry of external affairs,” the minister announced.

The MOIA, dedicated to the multitude of Indian nationals settled abroad, was established in May 2004 as the ministry of non-resident Indians’ affairs. Later, it was renamed the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in September 2004.


  1. Upendra
    Good to know from your readers about
    this specific activity from overseas or foreign ministry for overseas Indians
    I would like to prpose thru your media that Ibdian govt or foreign ministry donate funds in terns of books and culturally related material to libraries such as Cary as we have in Lexington Butlington and other
    Help children’s related activity like Shishubharati for same aspect and may be fund at the community colleges endowed chairs specifically related to India’s culture of heritage
    May be they can find philanthropists and multinational companies to institute such activities which will help India and relationships with other nations


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