(Highlights - Case No 2557 UAE - P.K. Jabir, Lawyers India client)
‘INDO-GULF REPARATION MECHANISMS’ TIMELINE HIGHLIGHTING SUBMISSIONS & RESPONSES:
  • ‘INDO-GULF REPARATION MECHANISMS’
    TIMELINE HIGHLIGHTING SUBMISSIONS & RESPONSES


    Endeavours made by Shri. Panikkaveetil K. Jabir towards formulation and implementation of a Mutual Human Rights Law and Reparation Mechanisms Between the Government of India and the Gulf (Gulf Cooperation Council - GCC) countries, mandating our elected representatives and officials to eliminate discrimination and imbalances of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) working in different countries. This also involves the recognition and protection of the dignity of individuals.

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1.

 

30-1-2013


  • Representation to (1) The Secretary to Government, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, South Block, New Delhi-110011 (2) Hon’ble Minister Shri. Salman Khurshid, Minisitry of External Affairs, South Block, New Delhi (3) The Secretary to Government, Ministry of Overseas Indians Affairs, Government of India, Akbar Bhavan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi (4) Hon’ble Minister Shri. Vayalar Ravi, Ministry of Overseas Indians Affairs, Government of India, Akbar Bhavan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. and (5) The Hon’ble Ambassador of the U.A.E., Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, 12, Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110 021 (INDIA) along with other attachments and comments. []

1-44

2.

15-2-2013


Reply from Hon’ble Minister Salman Khurshid
Reply from Hon’ble Minister Salman Khurshid, Minister of External  Affairs,  acknowledging receipt of representation; Minister has asked to the concerned department to examine the same. []

45

3.

20-3-2013

 
Important Reminder Notice [Reminder No.1]
Important Reminder Notice to the Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
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46-63

 

 

4.

 

 

04-04-2013

 

  1. Correspondence with External Affairs Ministry under the Right to Information Act. (Part. 1)

    Application for Information under RTI Act to the Central Public Information Officer, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
    Government of India, South Block, New Delhi – 110 011.

    By the applicant:  Panikkaveettil K. Jabir. [Date: 04-04-2013]

 

 

64-66

 

5.

 

02-05-2013


Reply from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Subsequently, a reply received from the Ministry of External Affairs 02-05-2013: []

Letter received from Shri A.R.Ghanashyam, Joint Secretary, MEA(Gulf & Hajj), intimating various arrangements/views the Government of India has established for the welfare of Indian community and assistance to the distressed Indians abroad. (The true content of letter followed here below)

·     Migrant Cell: Government of India has established the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs which deals with the welfare of Indian Community and issues concerning Overseas Citizenship of India, Persons of Indian Origin and Indians abroad.

·        MOU with GCC: Several institutional arrangements are in place (including Agreemtnts) with Gulf Countries for assistance to Indian Citizens in the Gulf.

·       Visits: Ministerial Level visits are periodically undertaken by Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and also Ministers from some State Governments to Gulf Countries.

·        Educational Arrangements: The Officials dealing with matters pertaining to the welfare of Indian Community abroad are competent and dedicated to their work, with a good understanding of relevant issues.

·        Participation in other Charters: It is not our policy to interfere in the functioning of Charters of other countries concerning the welfare of their citizens.

·        Reparation Fund: All Indian Missions in the Gulf have effective and functional institutional mechanisms for extending consular/monetary assistance to distressed Indians including the cost of legal assistance & reparation. []

 

67-68

 

6.

 

10-06 2013

 

The second (Important) reminder notice to the MEA.

 

69-77

 

7.

 

09-07-2013

 

  1. Reply received from the Ministry of External Affairs:

    ('Our national shame' that our Ministry of External Affairs are having only some 'views' for the welfare of Indian Community abroad and nothing else!)

    In reply to the above notice, Shri Ashish Middha, the Under Secretary, MEA, has revealed that, the letter dated 02-05-2013, from Mr. Ghanashyam, Joint Secretary, MEA (Gulf & Hajj), conveys 'ONLY' the Ministry’s views on various points/captions (Migrant Cell, MOU with GCC, Visits, Educational Arrangements, Participation in other Charters,  Reparation Fund) and nothing otherwise.  The captions may hence, not be treated as confirmations. [Letter No.58/US(Gulf) dated 9-7-2013[]

 

78

 

8

 

 

Related correspondences with External Affairs Ministry, Ministry of Overseas Indians Affairs and others under the Right to Information Act. (Part. 2)

 

 

9

 

 

01-07-2013

 


To the PIO, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India


Application under the RTI Act 2005 (Rule) 3, dated 1st July 2013 to The Public Information Officer (PIO), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi-110 011 for information about the details of the Migrant Cell, MOU with GCC, Reparation Fund etc.[]

 

79-80


10.

 

09-07-2013


Reply received from the Ministry of External Affairs under RTI Act:

  • Letter No.G-551/6/2013 dated July 9, 2013 from Shri Ashish Middha, the Under Secretary (Gulf), South Block, MEA, New Delhi, that, he has been transferring the letter to other ministries (a) the Public Information Officer, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, (b) Ministry of Labour & Employment and (c) CPV Division, MEA, directing them to process the application and reply directly to the applicant.[]

 

81

 

11.

 

10-07-2013


  • Reply received from the Ministry of External Affairs under RTI Act:

    Again, letter No.G-551/6/2013 dated July10, 2013 from Shri Ashish Middha, the Under Secretary (Gulf), South Block, MEA, New Delhi, conveys a detailed report, but the same message he had given earlier, that these are Ministry’s views on various points/captions (Migrant Cell, MOU with GCC, Visits, Educational Arrangements, Participation in other Charters, Reparation Fund) and nothing otherwise.[]


82-83

 

12.

 

19-07-2013


    Reply received from the Ministry of Labour & Employment:

    Letter No.Z-18015/48/2013-CL dated 19th July, 2013 from Irene Cherian, CPIO/Under Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi, to the petitioner, intimating that “I am directed to refer to your application under Right to Information Act, 2005 dated 02-05-2013 received in the Section on 20-7-2013 and to say that the information sought (about the details of the MOU with GCC; etc.) pertaining to this division may be treated as NIL.[]

 

84

 

 

13

 


No reply has been received from the Ministry of Overseas Indians Affairs, Govt. of India:

(It has to be noted that, no reply has so far been received from the Public Information Officer of the Overseas Indians Affairs, under RTI Act, (There was also no reply for the earlier representation or for the reminders!) on the subject in regards with the Migrant Cell, MOU with GCC, Reparation fund for the welfare of Overseas Indians.

Indo - Gulf Reparation Mechanisms’ - List of Recipients[]


85

 

14.  
Indo - Gulf Reparation Mechanisms - Remarks & EndNote

Remarks:

Shri Vayalar Ravi, the Hon’ble Minister of Overseas Indians Affairs, Govt. of India, is one of the five recipients of the Representation.

  • The ‘Ministry of Non-Resident Indians’ Affairs’, the earlier version of the ‘Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs’ (MOIA), was created vide notification No. Doc.CD-160/2004 dated 27 May 2004 issued by the President of India, covering a wide range of areas concerning the welfare of overseas Indians, virtually making the Ministry a single window service provider. The Ministry is headed by Cabinet Minister, Shri Vayalar Ravi.

  • Despite the above solemn intention of the Government of India, it is sad to state that even an acknowledgment by way of interim reply, as sought in the representation and the reminders, has not been received from the Hon’ble Minister Shri. Vayalar Ravi nor his Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs].

    [‘It is clear from the above that the apprehension of the petitioner expressed in his second reminder dated 10th June, 2013 addressed to the Secretary of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi is correct.’].

    End Note:

    “The establishments of institutional arrangements for the welfare of ‘Overseas Indian Community’, as highlighted by the Government of India, are intentionally deceptive, untruthful and purport to demonstrate that there are procedural remedies or tactics.

    Serious failures and inadequacies to comply with statutory or regulatory obligations on the part of both the Ministries, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) & the ‘Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs’ (MOIA) now stand proved by the subsequent communications received by the petitioner from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India”.

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15


10-10-2013


Self-contained Explanatory Representation to the Ministry of External Affairs, Delhi, 2013

 

122

 

16.

 

16-07-2014

 

 

Reminder to the MEA, in relation with the above Representation - 'Reminder Notice' dated 16 July, 2014

    • There was neither reply nor even an acknowledgment for the representation, in spite of the passage of a long time thereafter.

      The Government of India is duty bound to safeguard the interests of its citizen who was victimized by Abu Dhabi, UAE, the receiving state. These actions and omissions on the part of the Government is contrary to the ‘Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) 1963’ particularly Article 5, enforced from 19-3-1967. Download full text:

      Reminder to the MEA, dated July 16, 2014
      []

 

125

 

17.

 

24-02-2015

 

 

RTI Application to the Office of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India - February 24, 2015

    • For the last two decades the applicant is painstakingly working for the recognition of his individual dignity and justice as well as representing for recognition of the inherent dignity and rights of the ‘Indian Diaspora’ as a whole ...

      RTI Application - Full text
      []

 

128

 

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