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Revision of Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) 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.


July 20, 2017

The Ministry of External Affairs has established the Indian Community Welfare Fund in 74 Indian Missions across the world. Provided herewith are details of the Programme, which is also being run by the Embassy of India, Lilongwe, so that these could be shared appropriately with the Indian Community.

The Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) is aimed at providing “on site” welfare service on a means-tested basis in the most deserving cases, including:

  1. Boarding and lodging for distressed overseas Indian Workers in household/domestic Sectors and unskilled labourers:

  2. Extending emergency medical care to overseas Indians in need:

  3. Providing air passage to stranded overseas Indian in need:

  4. Providing initial legal assistance to overseas Indians in deserving cases: and

  5. Expenditure on incidentals and for airlifting the mortal remains to Indian or local cremation/burial of deceased overseas Indians in such cases where a sponsor is unable or unwilling to do so as per the contract and the family is unable to meet the cost.

The details of the nodal officer to contact in cases that might require access to the ICWF are:

Shri Anil Kumar

Second Secretary (HOC)

Phone + 265-1750014

E. mail: