India's Uttar Pradesh Reaches Out To NRIs
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Uttar Pradesh Government Launches NRI Portal

Updated on August 27, 2020 09:25 am
NRI Portal

Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the website nri.up.gov.in, a one-stop-portal recently. The portal will help connect the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to their roots, resolve their problems, and will help boost tourism and investment in the state. He said the platform would not only start important engagement but also build partnerships with its diaspora population to take an active role in the development of the state.

NRIs make a significant contribution to the Indian Economy, Uttar Pradesh is one of the top recipients of remittances from abroad from its NRI population. Remittances have lifted many households from poverty and continue to support many areas of development such as education and healthcare.

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 What does the UP NRI department do?

  • A common mission for the NRI department is to better serve the NRI diaspora by reducing administrative procedural delays
  • Maintain a comprehensive database of NRIs from Uttar Pradesh including Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs), and other Emigration Approved Persons
  • Promote investment from the NRIs by provisioning a Single Window System
  • Prepare beneficial/welfare schemes for NRIs/PIOs/OCIs/ Emigration Approved Persons belonging to Uttar Pradesh
  • Serve as a liaison between the diaspora and the departments of central government like Home Ministry, MEA, Ministry of NRIs Works, etc. and the Indian embassies in various countries as well as embassies of different countries working in India
  • Establish a 24x7 Help Desk to assist the NRIs/PIOs/OCIs/ Emigration Approved Persons belonging to Uttar Pradesh to resolve the issues of NRIs quickly through the Help Desk
  • Provide assistance to NRIs belonging to Uttar Pradesh in getting VISA/Immigration
  • To issue NRI Cards
UP's NRI portal

What are the services offered by the UP NRI portal?

There are multiple services listed on the portal but not all the links on the website are live, since it is part of ongoing development. Here are some of the services listed:

Discover Your Roots

Under the ”Discover your Roots” scheme, the department of tourism provides services to NRIs who are looking to locate the places of birth/origin. They use old letters, school certificates, passports, land records, religious scriptures (Pothis), cultural heritage, and extensive personal inquiries. Here are the fees and the terms and conditions:

  • For registration under this scheme, no fee is required
  • Once you initiate a search, a fee of US$ 150 through bank draft in favor of "U.P.S.T.D.C.Ltd." is  payable at Lucknow
  • A minimum period of 3 months
  • In case the department fails to find the roots, 50% of the charged fees i.e. US$ 75 would be refunded along with the status of the search
  • Only valid for those with ancestry within the geographical boundary of the State of Uttar Pradesh.

Ballia District was selected as Pilot Project by the Government of India. According to the portal, they have been able to trace the roots of 17 NRIs. The department also provides all necessary facilities in India for their visit to such places where they would be accorded a warm traditional welcome to meet old acquaintances or their descendants.The NRI department was founded to look after the interests and welfare of the NRIs belonging to the State of Uttar Pradesh. The mission of the UP government’s NRI department and the dedicated NRI portal is to stay connected with the Indian diaspora and bring them closer to their roots.

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