Indian residents abroad can participate in election process: Manmohan Singh

Jaipur, Sun, 08 Jan 2012 ANI

Jaipur, Jan 8 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today said that the Government has issued notifications for registration of overseas Indians electors under the Representation of People Act, 1950 to enable Indians resident abroad to participate in election processes of India.

 

While addressing the inaugural function of the 10th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Dr. Singh said: "Pursuant to the law that was enacted to enable non-resident Indians to vote in our national elections, the Government has issued notifications for registration of overseas Indians electors under the Representation of People Act, 1950. This constitutes the first major step to enable Indians resident abroad to participate in our election processes."

 

"In the last session of our Parliament we have introduced a Bill intended to merge and streamline the People of Indian Origin and Overseas Citizen of India schemes by amending the Citizenship Act. This will rectify some of the anomalies in the schemes and provide for an Overseas Indian Card which will be given to foreign spouses of such card holders as well," he added.

 

Taking note of the fact that a large number of workers form Rajasthan emigrating abroad, Dr. Singh also informed the gathering about establishing a Pravasi Bharatiya Bhawan in Jaipur.

 

"We have accordingly established an office of the Protector of Emigrants in Jaipur. I am told that the Government of Rajasthan proposes to build a Pravasi Bhartiya Bhawan in Jaipur. This Bhawan will house the offices of not only the Protector of Emigrants but also a Migrant Resource Centre to provide onsite help to overseas Indians and emigrating workers," said Dr. Singh. (ANI)

 



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