Jan 9, 2009

India - NRI professionals can practice in India : PM

Qualified professionals of Indian origin, including doctors, engineers and chartered accountants can practice back home, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday.

Making the announcement at the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas function in Chennai, he said the professionals who possessed the Overseas Indian Citizenship card will have the benefit of practicing their professions in India.

"Further details to operationalise this benefit are being worked out," he said.

The qualified professionals also include dentists, pharmacists and architects, he said.

Singh said the Overseas Indian Citizenship scheme announced in 2006 has received an "overwhelming response".

He also said the government has launched a comprehensive e-governance project on migration under which every worker would be issued a 'Smart Card' containing details of the worker, his work contract, his employer and his insurance.

The data would be available to the Indian government as well as Indian missions abroad.

"The objective of this project is to transform emigration process into a simple, transparent, orderly and humane process," he added.

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