Qatar-based Indians get tips on online voters’ enrollment

February 20, 2011

The online enrollment process of Indian expatriates in the voters’ register is being finalised, Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Affairs, told a gathering of Indian expatriates in Qatar.

“When the process is completed, expatriate Indians can enroll their names in the voter’s list through the website of the Indian government,” Ravi said. “But casting ballots abroad is still not possible,” he said at the Overseas Indian Cultural Congress (OICC) conference in Doha.

Details of the registration process will soon be announced by the government, he told the delegates and supporters of Indian National Congress (INC) from over 25 countries, Qatar Tribune reported on Sunday.

Ravi, who is also the Indian minister for civil aviation, said that the Air India office which was relocated from Mumbai to Kochi would be inaugurated at the end of February.

“Air India can recover from its present financial crisis through the provision of additional services to the GCC countries,” he said.

According to the minister, an aircraft maintenance terminal will be opened at Thiruvanathapuram by the end of March.

Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, the Indian ambassador, said that the increasing number of white collar Indian emigrants to Qatar was a testimony of the capability and productivity of Indian professionals.

However, she expressed concern over the exploitation of Indians by their compatriots in the Gulf region and suggested the distribution of brochures which explain the laws and regulations of the countries as well as embassy details to the passengers on Air India flights.

Speaking on the ‘Role of NRIs in the Development of India’, MA Yusuff Ali, an Indian business tycoon in the Gulf, said that a state like Kerala required astute political leadership.

“Without the strong will, no one can implement big projects in India,” he said, quoted by the daily.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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