Abu Dhabi hosting global meet to discuss problems faced by Indian expatriates in UAE

Abu Dhabi, Apr. 9 (ANI): A global meeting of an Indian expatriate organisation will discuss the problems being faced by expatriates in the UAE, in the presence of senior ministers from India.

The Global Meet of Overseas Indian Cultural Congress (OICC) to be held at Indian Social and Cultural Centre (ISC) in Abu Dhabi from Thursday to Saturday will be attended by senior Indian officials, including Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy, three ministers from the Indian government and several members of the Indian parliament and Kerala State, reports Gulf News.

OICC is an umbrella body of various expatriate organisations, having affiliations to the Kerala unit of India's ruling Indian National Congress party.

Ramesh Chennithala, the president of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has said that the main focus of the discussions at the meeting will be the problems faced by the Indian diaspora, especially the Keralites, and also finding solutions.

A memorandum submitted by the KPCC to the Indian government in January had listed ten demands to solve the problems such as the difficulties related to air travel in the Gulf-Kerala routes, mistreatment by customs and immigration officials at airports, raising the ceiling of gold permitted to be brought by expatriates to India, and legal help to prisoners in Gulf countries etc.

About 1,000 delegates from more than 15 nations, who are the office-bearers of the organisation in their respective countries will join the three-day meeting.

Indian Overseas Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi will attend the meeting on Saturday. Shashi Tharoor, the Indian minister of state for human resource development, and KC Venugopal, the Indian Minister of state for civil aviation have also confirmed to attend, the organisers said. (ANI)

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