Qatar’s Indian Ambassador promises to improve services

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The Indian embassy is considering options to provide most consular services in another location in Doha, preferably in a centrally located place, and also in Al Khor and Industrial Area, Gulf Times has reported.

“The intention is more people would benefit without coming to the embassy for receiving the services,” the newly-appointed Indian Ambassador P Kumaran, said.

He was addressing a meeting of representatives of numerous Indian forums affiliated to the Indian Cultural Centre on Sunday prior to briefing them on the agenda of the next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) celebrations in Bengaluru in January 2017.

At least 75 people expressed their willingness to travel to Bengaluru for the PBD meeting early next year.

Issues raised by community representatives

During the meeting, a number of issues were raised by the representatives of Indian associations in Qatar. Some of the complaints included :

  • Lack of opportunities for higher education at affordable costs for Indian students in Qatar.
  • Necessity of the Ministry of External Affairs alerting the state governments to improve the services provided to the NRIs in Gulf region.
  • Upgrading the services at Calicut International Airport in Kerala’s Malappuram district.
  • Holding postgraduate distance education courses in Qatar of institutions from India.

Kumaran agreed that some of those issues called for the urgent intervention of local officials and he assured the community members of the embassy’s willingness to help them.

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The envoy said he and his colleagues at the embassy were committed to protecting the interests of the community members and would do whatever is possible to alleviate their grievances.

Indian Cultural Centre president Girish Kumar earlier appealed to the Indian authorities to consider sanctioning universities for NRI children in different parts of India.

- Published on 8 November 2016 - With excerpts from Gulf Times

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