On December 30, 2020, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) launched Global Pravasi Rishta Portal & Mobile application to connect with 3.12 Crore Indian Diaspora across the world. Minister of State for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan launched the portal.
The portal web interface will be used by Indian Missions whereas the mobile app will be used by diaspora & Indian nationals.
To establish an effective channel of communication between the External Affairs Ministry & Global Indian community to communicate effectively during normal situations & times of emergencies.
i.Apart from registering the Indian diaspora members, the portal will enable a three-way communication between Indian Mission, MEA & Indian diaspora to make engagements easier.
ii.The portal will be used by MEA for sharing information on Visa, Passport & other activities like consular services, conducting surveys and news about events organised by missions.
iii.It will also connect the Indian diaspora community to connect them to new & existing Government schemes.
iv.At present there are around 3.12 crore overseas Indians, out of which 1.78 crore are NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) & 1.34 crore are PIOs (Person of Indian Origin).
v.This portal and app will also assist during any crisis management and lend a helping hand to the NRIs and PIOs. The rishta portal will enable communication with the diaspora on a realtime basis and will have the ability to issue emergency alerts and advisories.
About Ministry of External Affairs:
Union Minister– Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Minister of State– V. Muraleedharan