Abu Dhabi: The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is planning to offer air tickets to selected Indians registered with the embassy’s database in the UAE. “We are considering incentives to encourage all Indians to register with the database although the registration is meant for their own benefit,” a top Indian diplomat told Gulf News.
Only 40,000 Indians are registered with the online registration system launched by the embassy in December 2014, said T.P. Seetharam, Indian Ambassador to the UAE. The Indian community in the UAE, numbering 2.6 million, constitutes 30 per cent of the total population, according to the Indian Embassy.
Seetharam said the embassy is considering offering incentives such as air tickets in cooperation with various airlines. “One airline has already offered a ticket. That is not enough and we are waiting for more,” he said. The incentive will be offered to registrants who meet certain criteria such as being the 100,000th registrant, he said.
The embassy had announced that the comprehensive database of Indians working and residing in the UAE would help the embassy improve its services and render requisite assistance in situations arising from unforeseen contingencies.
Indians can register on http://indembassyuae.org
After uploading the details, including the number of passport, residence visa and Emirates ID, emergency contact details, etc, a system generated user ID and password will be sent to the email of the individual. With this user ID and password, one will be able to edit his or her details as and when required.
The embassy has clarified that registration does not entail any special benefits.
About 65 per cent of Indians belong to the blue-collar category (employed mostly in construction companies, municipalities, agricultural farms), according to the embassy. The embassy had already asked their employers’ help to register them with the database.
About 20 per cent of Indians are in white collar non-professional category (clerical staff, shop assistants, salesmen, accountants, etc) and 15 per cent are professionals and businessmen and their family members, according to the embassy.
India has recently transferred the only Emirati prisoner who was serving a sentence in an Indian jail to the UAE, T.P. Seetharam, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, told Gulf News.
The prisoner will complete the remainder of his sentence in a UAE jail as per the agreement for exchange of prisoners between India and the UAE, he said without revealing further details.
As Gulf News reported on May 26, 2013, the Emirati suspect was being tried in a case related to fake currency in India.
This is the first transfer processed since both countries signed the agreement in November 2011.
“The transfer of one Indian prisoner [in the UAE jail] is being processed,” Seetharam said.
“Now there are around 840 Indians in UAE jails. Only around 10 per cent of them had expressed interest in being transferred to Indian jails,” he said.
Under the treaty, prisoners who have at least six months remaining of their jail term are eligible for transfer. Suspects undergoing trial or any pending investigations cannot be transferred. Sentenced prisoners who have any financial obligations are also not eligible for transfer.
40,000 Indians registered since December 2014
2.6 million Indians in UAE
65% of Indians are blue-collar workers
20% of Indians are white-collar non-professionals
15% of Indians are professionals, businessmen and their families