Plenary II—Diaspora Partnership in Health care
Signing of MoU between MOIA and AAPI for healthcare in rural areas. The initiative will help in extending primary health care and creating a health hub around the cluster of village for better health facilities. The states, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar were identified for first phase of implementation of the scheme.
Plenary III -Remittance Services
Two concerns in relation to remittances services i.e. reducing transaction costs of remittances and converting the saving potential of overseas Indians into investments
Launching of ‘Remittance gateway’ by Finance Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram. Dr. P.J.Nayak, chairman UTI Bank explained the process of e-remittance. He identified three areas of concern in the remittances by NRIs: speed, cost and convenience. The UTI Bank has developed a gateway. This portal will enable NRIs and PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin) to remit the money to India in a designated account in any of the 14500 branches, operating on Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS). The remittance through this gateway could be made at very low cost, in real time from anywhere through the Internet.
Plenary V—Diaspora Knowledge Network
To develop an ICT driven institutional framework for sharing of knowledge between the diaspora and the home country. This platform will enable the users of knowledge and the providers of knowledge to come together and work together. An ICT based database of opportunities will be developed to match the needs of Indian states and the skill sets of the overseas Indian community. The DKN will support work in different sectors like science and technology, social development, research - social and science, biotechnology, foreign direct investment etc.
Need for sustainable partnerships between overseas Indian associations and India.