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Introduction of a bill on NRI marriages in Rajya Sabha by External Affairs Minister 

February 11, 2019

External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj introduced a path breaking Bill on Registration of Marriage of non-Resident of India in Rajya Sabha today. The Bill is an outcome of a joint initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Law and Justice. The objective of the Bill is to create more accountability and offer more protection against exploitation of Indian women by their NRI spouses. It envisages (i) Registration of Marriages by Non-Resident Indians; (ii) Amendment of the Passports Act 1967 and (iii) Amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973.

According to the provisions of the Bill, the compulsory registration of marriage within thirty days of marriage in India or abroad would provide better enforcement of rights of the deserted spouse under various family laws. Similarly, the Amendment to the Passport Act would empower the Passport Authority to impound or revoke the passport of NRI, if it is brought to his notice that the NRI has not registered his marriage within 30 days from the date of marriage. The Amendments to CrPC, 1973 would empower the Courts for issuance of summons, warrants through the specially designated website of the Ministry of External Affairs. It also provides provisions for attachment of properties belonging to the NRI, if he does not appear before the Court and is declared as Proclaimed Offender by the Court. 

The introduction of the Bill was necessitated by the Ministry of External Affairs due to numerous complaints received from Indian nationals mostly women deserted or harassed by their Non-Resident Indian Spouses. The Bill proposes to offer greater protection to Indian women married to NRIs and serve as a deterrent to NRIs against harassment of their spouses. This would provide much needed relief to all Indian women married to NRIs worldwide.

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Revision of Indian Community Welfare Fund Guidelines 


The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved revision of the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) guidelines. 

ICWF, set up in 2009, is aimed at assisting Overseas Indian nationals in times of distress and emergency in the most deserving cases on a means tested basis.  The revised guidelines being made broad-based seek to expand the scope of welfare measures that can be extended through the Fund. The guidelines would cover three key areas namely Assisting Overseas Indian nationals in distress situations, Community Welfare activities and Improvement in Consular services. They are expected to provide Indian Missions and Posts abroad greater flexibility in swiftly addressing to requests for assistance by Overseas Indian nationals. 

Apart from assisting Indian nationals in distress abroad, ICWF has been a critical support in emergency evacuation of Indian nationals in conflict zones in Libya, Iraq , Yemen, South Sudan  and other challenging situations like assistance extended to undocumented Indian workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Nitaqat drive in 2013 and the ongoing Amnesty drive in 2017. 

The scale and speed of these evacuations and assistance rendered through the Fund has been universally appreciated. It has also created a sense of confidence among the migrant workers going overseas about the support they can expect from India during critical times.

ICWF stands extended to all Indian Missions and Posts abroad and is primarily funded by levying service charge on various consular services rendered by Indian Missions and Posts abroad.


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Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojna.

Financial Inclusion is one of the top most priorities of the government. Exclusion of a large number of people from any access to financial services inhibits the growth of our country.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) the biggest financial inclusion initiative in the world was announced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 15th August 2014 from the ramparts of the Red Fort and launched by him on 28th August 2014 across the country. While launching the Yojana, the Prime Minister had described the occasion as a festival to celebrate the liberation of the poor from a vicious cycle. Prime Minister had referred to the ancient Sanskrit verse: Sukhasya Moolam Dharma, Dharmasya Moolam Artha, Arthasya Moolam Rajyam – which puts the onus on the state to involve people in economic activity. “This Government has accepted this responsibility,” the Prime Minister had said. The Prime Minister had also sent email to an estimated 7.25 lakh bank employees, exhorting them to help reach the target of 7.5 crore bank accounts, and bring freedom from financial untouchability.

Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a press conference on 20 January 2015 listed out the achievements made under PMJDY. Against the estimated target of opening bank accounts for 7.5 crore uncovered households in the country, as on date (17th January 2015) Banks have opened 11.50 Crore accounts after conducting survey of 21.02 Crore households in the country. Coverage of 99.74% of the surveyed households has been achieved. The survey was conducted in about 2.27 Lakh Sub Service Areas (SSAs) in rural areas and wards in urban areas in a record time of 4 months. Out of the accounts opened, 60% are in rural areas and 40% are in urban areas. Share of female account holders is about 51%.

Rupay cards have been issued to more than 10 Crore beneficiaries who will get a benefit of personal accidental insurance of Rs. 1.00 Lac under the Yojana. In addition there is a life insurance cover of Rs.30,000/- for eligible beneficiaries. A deposit of Rs. 9188 Crore has been mobilized in the accounts opened under PMJDY.

The earlier campaign on financial inclusion started in 2011 had a limited objective. The focus was on the coverage of villages with population of 2000 or more with banking services. The major shift in PMJDY is that households were targeted instead of only villages as targeted earlier. Moreover both rural and urban areas are covered this time as against only rural areas targeted earlier. The present plan pursued digital financial inclusion with special emphasis on monitoring by a Mission headed by the Finance Minister. A mission office comprising of bankers, IT professionals and data analytic was set up for coordination, collation and follow up with various state governments, Banks and other stakeholders. There was weekly monitoring of the efforts made by the Banks in PMJDY. Banks organized account opening camps on every

Saturday with a mega camp on last Saturday of the month form 8.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M. in coordination with District Authorities for opening of bank accounts. Financial literacy camps with a counter for Aadhar enrolment and insurance companies were also part of camps organized by the Banks.

PMJDY is a game changer for the economy as it has provided the platform for Direct Benefits transfer which will help in plugging leakages in subsidies and thereby provide savings to the exchequer. Under the PAHAL scheme which is the Direct benefits Transfer in LPG subsidy, an amount of Rs. 1757 crore has been transferred to the beneficiary accounts through the banking network since 15th November, 2014. So far 19 schemes out of 35 DBT schemes have been rolled out across the country, including MGNREGS in 300 districts. State Governments have also been requested to transfer cash/benefits directly in the bank accounts of beneficiaries thereby cutting layers in the delivery process.

Finance Minister informed that to provide universal access to banking facilities for all households across the country through a bank branch or a fixed point Business Correspondent (BC) called Bank Mitra , 1.23 Lacs Bank Mitr have been set up in the country. He said that steps are being taken to ensure that the Bank Mitr are provided with device capable of on line interoperable transactions using Rupay cards and Aadhaar enabled payment system. Use of Rupay cards at other access points will help in reduction in cash transactions and making them digital which will move the economy towards a less cash society.




            A decision has been taken by Government of India to make it a mandatory requirement for all applicants for an Indian Visa to apply on line. This system of on line application is being rolled out in a phased manner in all Indian Embassies and Consulates around the world.
With effect from 1st October 2014, applications for visas for India should be submitted online using  website.
Applicants are also advised to upload their photo while applying online. After filling up the application form online, please take a printout of the computer generated application form, duly sign it and submit the same along with 2 photographs, requisite documents for the type of visa  and visa fee at the Embassy of India, 5 Avenue Carde, Dakar, Senegal for further processing. Application without photo upload is incomplete and shall not be accepted.
When filling in the application form online, applicants should select “Senegal-Dakar” in the field “Indian Mission”. This applies to nationals of Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Cabo Verde as also the nationals of other countries who are residing in these countries and would like to make an application to the Embassy of  India, Dakar. They would be required to submit proof of residence. All visa applicants need to visit the Embassy in person to submit the application and enrolment of  biometric data.
Please note that no handwritten visa application will be accepted. For any further clarification please contact the Embassy of India, Dakar: telephone No. +221 338 495875, E-mail: 
The basic guidelines for filling online application form(  are: 

  • Meant for those foreigners who are applying for visa from outside India
  • Separate application has to be filled for each applicant.
  • Furnish information exactly in the manner asked for in the forms, especially the names, address and date of birth
  •  Applicant are required to verify the application details before submitting the online application. They have an option to save the online application form in case it is not to be submitted.
  • Once the online application is submitted by the applicant, then further modifications are not permitted. Hence applicants are requested to check and validate the details before submitting the online application form.
  • Applicants are requested to keep the File number (generated automatically after the submission of one line form) for further communications.

            Photo requirements are :

  • As per ICAO guidelines 2inchX 2inch  is required and 15-20kb size image is ideal for upload
  • Photograph should present full face, front view , eyes open
  • Centre head within the frame and present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin
  • Background should be plain light coloured or white background
  • No shadows on the face or on the ground
  • Without borders
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  • Photos which do not meet these specifications will not be accepted.

            Fees for visa service are accepted in cash in XCFA only at the Embassy. A valid ‘Yellow Fever Inoculation Certificate’ is mandatory for obtaining visa. A copy of the certificate should be enclosed with the visa application form.
Please do not finalize your travel arrangements to India before obtaining the requisite visa.
We seek your patience and understanding for any inconvenience that may be caused.

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