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By NewsGram Staff Writer

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj chaired the fourth meeting of the Board of Trustees of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) in Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan New Delhi today.

The meeting of the Board of Trustees decided the action plan for FY 2015-16, which focuses on various projects like Namami Gange, Swachh Bharat and Swachh Vidyalaya, state governments projects and NGO projects and projects selected by the NRI/PIO donors.

Modalities like the implementation of projects and quality control, monitoring and reporting to donors were also deliberated and given go-ahead by the board of trustees. The Board also deliberated on the Outreach plan for FY 2015-16.

For the Outreach Plan for FY 2015-16, IDF-OI proposes to hold outreach meeting wherein overseas Indians will be informed about the activities of the organization.

These meetings will have to be done in association with our Missions/ Posts, as also in the various Indian associations active abroad. Focus can be given to areas where there is a large concentration of overseas Indians with philanthropic propensities. For this purpose, IDF-OI has identified 7 global zones of diaspora concentration. It proposes to conduct 2-3 meetings in different cities in each of these zones in this financial year.

  1. North America- a) USA b) Canada
  2. South East Asia- a) Malaysia b) Singapore c) Mauritius d) Reunion Island e) Indonesia
  3. Australasia- a) Australia b) New Zealand c) Fiji
  4. Africa- a) South Africa b) Kenya c) Uganda
  5. Gulf- a) UAE b) Saudi Arabia c) Bahrain d) Oman e) Qatar f) Kuwait
  6. UK & Europe- a) UK b) France c) Germany d) Italy e) Netherlands
  7. South America & Caribbean- a) Guyana b) Suriname c) Trinidad & Tobago

Besides the above, IDF-OI will participate in state diaspora events for outreach to Indian Diaspora. It will also reach out to the diaspora through the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and the Ministry’s outreach events throughout the year.

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More than 200 Commonwealth Games Athletes Seek Asylum in Australia and 50 Go Missing

More than 200 Commonwealth Games athletes and officials remain in Australia after applying for refugee visas, with another 50 staying in the country illegally.

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More than 200 Commonwealth Games athletes and officials remain in Australia after applying for refugee visas, with another 50 staying in the country illegally.

The figures were revealed by Immigration Department officials to a Senate committee hearing on Monday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

A total of 8,103 athletes, media representatives and officials arrived in Australia on temporary visas for the Gold Coast event which concluded on April 15, with 7,848 returning home after their stay expired last week, meaning 255 stayed in the country.

Of those who have remained in Australia, 205 were legally in the community on bridging visas as they await approval to stay on a permanent basis. Border Force officials have commenced a nationwide search for the other 50 who have overstayed their visas.

The majority of foreigners seeking asylum in Australia were from war-torn African nations such as Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria. However some members of the Indian and Pakistani teams have also remained in Australia.

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Australia’s Department of Home Affairs deputy secretary, Malisa Golightly, told parliament on Monday night that most of the remaining participants “have applied for protection visas”.

“Anybody that is onshore can apply for protection legally once they are here, but of course then they are considered against … the criteria for that visa,” she said.

The temporary protection visas allow the Commonwealth Games participants to stay in Australia for up to three years and receive welfare benefits.

Peter Dutton, Australia’s Home Affairs Minister, said he was disappointed with the number of people who have stayed illegally as they had been welcomed to Australia “in good faith”.

“Australians hate being taken for a ride by freeloaders,” Dutton told Newscorp Australia on Monday night.

Also Read:Indians Among Top Asylum Seekers in the World: International Migration Outlook 2017 Report

“Australia is now obliged under international law to consider these protection visa applications.”

In comparison, only 45 people extended their visas or sought asylum in Australia after the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

–IANS