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Pensions for Indian workers in UAE

Plan gains relevance as survey shows most of Indian workers don’t save money

  • By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:00 August 19, 2013
  • Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Indian diplomatic missions in the UAE have recently soft launched an Indian Government-sponsored ambitious pension and resettlement scheme for Indian workers.

The scheme gains relevance in the wake of a recent survey among low-and middle-income Indian expatriates in the Gulf states about their saving habits, which found that 95 per cent of them would not be able to continue the same comfortable life, if they were to go back home.

As Gulf News reported recently of the 10,100 respondents, about 34 per cent do not save money at all from their income. The remaining two-thirds claim they regularly save money but not for any productive purposes which would give them a regular income.

The increasing cost of living in the GCC and loans taken by them to pay agents in India for visas to get to the Gulf also affects their ability to save, according to the survey conducted by Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, a UAE based welfare organisation of Indians.

A small number of workers have joined the scheme after the recent soft launch but the enrolment is expected to go up after its official launch in October, a top diplomat told Gulf News yesterday.

The scheme will be actively promoted among workers after the official launch that will be done in the presence of dignitaries from Government of India, M.K Lokesh, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said.

Although the Indian Ministry of Overseas Affairs announced the scheme last year, its official launch has been delayed for various technical reasons.

The envoy said the Government of India and the Indian missions have already sought the cooperation of the UAE companies that employ large number of Indian workers for the promotion of the scheme.

Indian Workers Resource Centre (IWRC), a support centre for workers, and Bank of Baroda, the official banking partner of the scheme, have informally started enrolling the workers, he said.

Asked whether a large number of Indian social and community organisations will be engaged to promote the scheme, he said: “We will welcome their efforts to promote this scheme among the workers after the official launch.”

K.V. Rama Moorthy, CEO of Bank of Baroda in the GCC, told Gulf News that only 240 workers have joined the scheme after the recent soft launch. “We have been conducting awareness camps at labour accommodations along with IWRC executives to enrol the workers. We will be reaching out to more people in the coming days,” he said.

Comments (28)

  1. Added 17:50 August 20, 2013

    This is an a good news to my all Indian Brothers and Sisters,please provide the poper guidlines and allocation of offices for this services so that it can be utilised by all Indians. I hope it will give more benifits for all the classes who are earning since long time and there is no savings. This is a good scheme where each and everyone can have some good amount of saving at the time of our retirement.

    Mohammed Parvez, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:54 August 20, 2013

    i urge indian official to launch these kind of schemes in saudi arabia also becoz here lot of indian community they are expecting some good schemes...

    M SAYEED, JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia

  3. Added 16:41 August 20, 2013

    This scheme is very good, from last 2 years I was thinking how to save money, after some time I will go back to my home country & I am almost 38 years, I do not have source of income, Sure I will join this.

    Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:55 August 20, 2013

    Its government scheme or private scheme?

    anwar, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:40 August 20, 2013

    please let us know the contact office number or location to enroll my self and my co workers.

    SV.Subby Reddy, dubai, India

  6. Added 15:37 August 20, 2013

    This scheme is only for blue colour job below 10 class as i have enquired one of the branch in karama.

    SAJU, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:34 August 20, 2013

    I AM FEELING GOOD THAT WE HAVE OPPURTUNITY TO SAVE MONEY IN FUTURE WITH HASSLE FREE ITS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WHO RESIDENTS IN UAE.

    RIYAZSHAIK, DUBAI, India

  8. Added 14:56 August 20, 2013

    This wonderful and Useful plan for all the INDIAN Expatriate in UAE. It will save most of the indian family. please organize proper way to help for indian bright future life. Thanks !

    Mohamed Rafiq.S, Dubai, India

  9. Added 14:49 August 20, 2013

    Please some body provide more information about this like -what is the condition of eligibility / contact center detail....etc.

    Amarnath, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 14:36 August 20, 2013

    To the scheme popular, Indian Embassy or concerned authorities should explain how the scheme works and what are benefits from the newly launched scheme with complete details of gain and pains about the scheme.

    Satyanarayana, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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