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Updated: April 16, 2012 02:54 IST

Gulf envoys told to keep an eye on well-being of expatriates

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External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna
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External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna

Keeping a sharp eye on the welfare of overseas Indians, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Sunday instructed all Indian embassies in the Gulf to attend to emergency situations round-the-clock.

Addressing Indian ambassadors posted in the Gulf countries, the Minister seemed to elaborate what has been called the “Krishna doctrine”— the mantra that demands that Indian envoys roll up their sleeves to give as much importance to the well-being of the Indian expatriates as they do to hard diplomacy.

“The footprint of the Indian diaspora has now expanded right across the globe, demanding deployment of dedicated officers to attend to their problems,” an official source said.

The Minister's focus on the welfare of the expatriate community has sharpened following the unsavoury incidents involving Indian nationals in Britain, Australia and Norway, the source said.

During his interaction, the Minister drew their attention to the plight of Indian sailors taken hostage by Somali pirates. He pointed out that Indian diplomats in the region have a special role to play in the safe release of the hostages, as many of the owners of the pirated ships reside in the Gulf area.

Mr. Krishna also laid stress on the quality of consular services for the expatriate community, whose estimated strength is around six million. He noted that overseas Indians repatriate billions of dollars back home, and therefore deserve better services.

During his UAE visit, he paid special attention to the situation of the blue collar workers, whom he met separately at an embassy function on Sunday. “I would like you to pay special attention to the most vulnerable among our expatriates,” Mr. Krishna earlier told the ambassadors.

The meeting also became a brainstorming session for India's future role in the energy-rich Gulf countries. Official sources said discussions revolved around the evolution of a robust framework for Indian engagement with the Gulf region for the next decade.

The meeting noted that issues related to energy security, regional developments and cooperation with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, were of “core interest” to India. The advent of the “Arab Spring,” the bouquet of pro-democracy movements in the region had enhanced the significance of the region. The meeting underscored that the Gulf — an area where trade is now booming — had emerged as one of the most important regions for India's diplomatic activism.

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Majority of Indian foreign service personnels are mere job holders.Very few are really committed to their roles.Patriotic elements only need to be sent abraod to represent INdia.See how some of the foreign diplomats conduct themselves in India.Our men should emulate them.India still remembers men like Chester Bowles,Loy Anderson, Galbraith,Bunker and like.Our parliament is yet to review their performances.For poor performance of our men abroad, the MOE to be blamed.He is a state politician,new to diplomacy.There is no ambasador or high commissioner from India ever earned the esteem of the people the people.MOE reviewed the role of our men in the Middle east.No body care about how our men work in Latin American countries.I wonder whether those far off countries ever felt the presence of Indian diplomats amidst them. A critical review of their functiong need to be done to make them more effective to boost the image of india. People taking it lightly

from:  K.B.Sundram.
Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 at 22:59 IST

On behalf of Indian Commnunity in Bahrain, I thank Mr. krishna for his instruction to Diplomats. I belive embassy staff in bahrain deal with the issues of Indian Communities skillfully and diplomaticaly. They help the Indian Communities in all the possible ways. I take this opportunity to appreciate the efforts The Indian Embassy Staff in Bahrain.

from:  Jamshid Thalassery
Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 at 18:44 IST

Occasionally I used to visit Indian embassy in Birmingham and London.
I found most of the time it is chaotic. There is no appointment
system. So everybody will come on any day they like. It adds more
chaos. Embassy official also upset on too much crowd and lose their
emotions very often. This has to be improved with proper system and
process. If we go any developed country embassy, we can feel
significant difference. Nobody can visit their embassies with out
prior appointment. Being a victim of terrorism, we need to know who
are all coming to Indian embassy for our citizens safety.

from:  B Sivanesan
Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 at 10:36 IST
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