India Govt decides to merge Overseas Indians Ministry with MEA

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The Government of India has decided to merge the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in keeping with its broad principle of Minimum Government, Maximum Governance.

The move follows a request made by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sushma Swaraj is also the Minister in charge of MOIA.

Sushma Swaraj in a series of tweets on Thursday stated, “As Minister for External Affairs & Overseas Indian Affairs , I realized that substantial work of MOIA is done through our missions abroad.”

“Therefore, I proposed to Hon’ble Prime Minister that MOIA should be merged with the Ministry of External Affairs. Hon’ble Prime Minister has kindly accepted my proposal. So MOIA will now be part of Ministry of External Affairs,” she added. Scroll to Top