Covid-19: Record financial help for Indians abroad in 2020, not so last year | India News

NEW DELHI: As Covid-19 wreaked havoc on overseas Indians in the past 2 years, the government spent Rs 137 crore to assist expats in 2020 but only Rs 24 crore in 2021, an RTI document has revealed.
This drastic drop in assistance from the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF), which was established to help Indians overseas in times of distress, is attributed by government sources partly to disruption in consular services and fewer applications for help because of the deadly Covid-19 second wave last year in India.
Responding to a query by Kerala based RTI campaigner K Govindan Nampoothiry, the foreign ministry revealed that only Rs 24 crore had been spent from the ICWF in 2021.
Another reason for this, according to official sources, could be that the earnings in 2021 from consular services offered, which contribute to the ICWF, too dropped because of the situation created by the…

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