Separate ministry for AP NRIs !

Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi today assured the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) that he would prevail upon the State Government to set up a separate ministry for them on the lines of Kerala. The Minister gave this assurance to NRIs delegation, comprising Dr Mohammad Niaz Ahmed, former Chairman of Indian Embassy Schools (Riyadh) and Kamal Farooqui, Shahed Raheem and Afsar Ali Khan, which met him at Lake View Guest House here. The NRIs also requested the minister apart from NRI ministry, the state government should also think of starting an insurance scheme for Andhra Pradesh Overseas Contract Workers (OCW) and providing financial assistance when the OCWs return back for setting up an industry or any other enterprise. The NRIs complained that despite several assurances given by the government on domicile status to their children for further education in India, no GO has been issued to this effect. They also demanded annual grants to the Indian schools in Gulf region. While assuring to look into the issues brought to his notice by the NRIs, Mr Ravi said he would soon visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to solve the problems being faced the NRIs. The minister said he would convene a special meeting in the last week of May next month to discuss the problems being faced by Hyderabadi NRIs.