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QUESTION NO.1453 CANCELLATION OF PASSPORTS FOR NRI HUSBANDS

March 08, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1453
TO BE ANSWERED ON 08.03.2018

CANCELLATION OF PASSPORTS FOR NRI HUSBANDS

1453. SHRI HARIVANSH:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government proposes to bring a law enabling it to cancel the passports of those NRI husbands who abandon their wives;

(b) if so, the details in this regard;

(c) if not, the reasons therefor; and

(d) the steps taken to protect the interest of those women who have been abandoned by their NRI husbands?

 

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]


(a) to (c) The Government had set up an Expert Committee on NRI Marital disputes, which presented its Report in August, 2017. Some of its recommendations including constitution of an Integrated Nodal Agency (INA) have been accepted and implemented and some are under further examination. The INA is expected to be an effective mechanism to provide a single window timely solution to the problems of affected women and there would be a better monitoring of the welfare measures being undertaken in this regard. Cancellation of passport can take place only based on legal orders from court and hence suitable counselling and advice for same is given through the INA mechanism.

(d) The Government has taken following steps to address such issues:

(i) For the period January, 2015 to December, 2017, 3492 complaints of distressed Indian women deserted by their NRI spouses were received and addressed by the Ministry by way of providing them counselling, guidance and information about procedures, mechanisms for serving judicial summons on the Overseas Indian husband; filing a case in India, issuing Look Out Circulars; getting access to lawyers and NGOs empanelled with Indian Missions etc. and legal and financial assistance under ICWF Scheme.

(ii) With an aim to provide financial and legal assistance to distressed women married to NRI spouses by all Missions and Posts, the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) Guidelines were revised in September, 2017. The amount of legal & financial assistance to distressed Indian women has also been increased to US$ 4000 per case. The assistance is released to the empanelled legal counsel of the applicant or Indian Community Association/Women’s Organisation /NGO concerned to enable it to take steps to assist the woman in documentation and preparatory work for filing the case.

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