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Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF)
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Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF)

The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, has established the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) in 43 Indian Missions across the world, in countries that have a significant overseas Indian population. Provided herewith are details of the programme, which is also being run by the Embassy of India in Brussels, so that these could be shared appropriately with the Indian community.

 

2.The Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) is aimed at providing ‘on site' welfare services on a means-tested basis in the most deserving cases, including:

 

Boarding and lodging for distressed overseas Indian workers in household /domestic sectors, and unskilled labourers;

 

Extending emergency medical care to overseas Indians in need;

 

Providing air passage to stranded overseas Indians in need;

 

Providing initial legal assistance to overseas Indians in deserving cases; and,

 

Expenditure on incidentals and for airlifting the mortal remains to India 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.

 

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

 

Mr. V. Ashwini SAXENA

Counsellor (C&D),

Embassy of India

Chaussee de Vleurgat 217,

1050 Brussels

Phone: 02-645 18 61

Fax: 02-649 82 14

Email: counsdias[at]indembassy[dot]be



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