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QUESTION NO.1742 TRANSPORTATION OF DEAD BODIES

February 13, 2019

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1742
TO BE ANSWERED ON 13.02.2019

TRANSPORTATION OF DEAD BODIES

1742. PROF. K.V. THOMAS:

Will the Minister of External Affairs be pleased to state:

(a) whether there is a request that the dead bodies of NRIs would be sent to India free of cost; and

(b) if so, the details thereof and the steps taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) & (b) There have been some representations regarding the cost of transportation of dead bodies of Indians from Gulf countries to India.

The matter was taken up with Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air India and based on the discussions, Air India has implemented a flat rate for transfer of mortal remains of Indian nationals from Gulf countries to various destinations in India. The flat rate implemented by Air India amounts to average reduction of fares of up to 30-35% to some of the major destinations in India from Gulf countries.

In addition, our Missions and Posts abroad continue to provide assistance for free of cost transfer of mortal remains to India under this Ministry’s Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) in deserving cases on a means-tested basis.

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