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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
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CIRCULAR

No. Lil/Cons/406/01/2012                                       August 28, 2017

 Revised Guidelines on Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF)

Ministry of External Affairs has revised the guidelines for utilization of Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) and the Service Charges to be levied by the Missions on Consular Services.

 2.       As per the revised guidelines, the Service Charges applicable for Malawi would be as under:

For Visa/OCI cards

MK. 2300.00 per document/service;

For Passport Services

MK. 1500.00 per document/service;

For attestation & other miscellaneous consular services (other than death cases)

MK. 1500.00 per document/service;

 3.       The revised ICWF guidelines will come into effect from 1st September, 2017.

 

(Anil Kumar)

Second Secretary (Consular) &HOC

 

 





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: hoc.malawi@mea.gov.in







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