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QUESTION NO.2737 INDIANS IMPRISONED AND DYING ABROAD

August 10, 2017

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2737
TO BE ANSWERED ON 10.08.2017

INDIANS IMPRISONED AND DYING ABROAD

2737. SHRI MAJEED MEMON:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) the details of imprisoned Indians including fishermen who died abroad during the last two years and the current year;

(b) whether Government has taken up the matter with the authorities of the respective countries;

(c) whether the autopsies of dead bodies of the imprisoned Indians were conducted by the authorities concerned and if so, the findings thereof, case-wise; and

(d) whether the mortal remains of all those who have died have been brought back to the country and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor, case-wise?


ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI M.J. AKBAR)

(a) As per the information available with the Ministry, details of imprisoned Indians including fishermen who died abroad during the last two years and the current year is given at Annexure.

(b) Upon receipt of information about death of Indian nationals, including those imprisoned, Indian Missions/Posts to take up the matter with local authorities and also initiate prompt action to facilitate transportation of dead bodies to India. The Missions/Posts liaise with employers / sponsors / local authorities to expedite the process which includes requisite documentation and clearances of local authorities, preparation of the dead bodies for transportation, obtaining consent of the family of the deceased for acceptance of the body. In cases where the employers are non-cooperative financial assistance is also arranged by our Missions/Posts with contributions from the community associations, welfare fund, etc. Matters relating to compensation/terminal dues are actively pursued with employers/insurance companies. In cases which are pending with the courts, the Missions/Posts keep the family members of the deceased informed of the status of the case and liaise with the lawyers for expeditious settlement of the cases.

(c) & (d) Details are at Annexure.

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