Global Indians supporting Indians stranded overseas in a big way, says MEA secretary

“People of Indian origin overseas are an energetic and robust community and it is appreciated that they came forward to help their Indian brothers and sisters with food, shelter, counselling and in several other ways,” he said at a webinar dialogu...

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NEW DELHI: The Indian diaspora in several countries has stepped in to help the thousands of Indians who were stranded following the lockdown, Sanjay Bhattacharyya, secretary, overseas Indian affairs and consular passports visas, ministry of external affairs, said addressing several people of Indian origin around the world, on Wednesday.

“People of Indian origin overseas are an energetic and robust community and it is appreciated that they came forward to help their Indian brothers and sisters with food, shelter, counselling and in several other ways,” he said at a webinar dialogue on economic engagement between India and its diaspora organised by the PIO Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission to rescue Indians stranded overseas is now on and will bring back around 1 lakh Indians stranded in several countries, Bhattacharyya added.


The Indian government is closely monitoring the challenges faced by Indian migrants to different countries arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are looking into the issue of job losses among Indian workers in different countries and helping them with ease of mobility through our global bilateral partnerships and social security agreements,” Mr Bhattacharyya said. He added that the government was also monitoring the global skills shortages in domains such as healthcare and IT where Indian professionals could fill in the gaps.

“We are working with different platforms and the ministry of skill development to leverage the skills of experts who are returning to India following loss of employment to help them find jobs in Indian organisations or even in other new global destinations,” he added.
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