UPSC Preparation Strategy

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INDIAN FOREIGN POLICY – AN OVERVIEW

INDIAN FOREIGN POLICY – AN OVERVIEW

Foreign policy is the tool by which India interacts with the world outside its borders. The two primary objectives of India’s foreign policy are: a) protection of India’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity; and b) promotion of the well being of the Indian people. Thus, India’s foreign policy is designed to promote national security and development.

Foreign policy is impacted by global, regional and internal developments. India’s global, regional and internal environment has become highly complex, posing several challenges to India’s foreign policy.

The global environment is marked by the re-distribution of power, reflected in the rise of new power centres and the relative decline of the West. India has benefited from globalisation and economic liberalisation. It is one of the rising powers in the world. However, in order to leverage its strengths and mitigate its weaknesses, India will need to think strategically to navigate the turbulent global order.

The international order is in a state of flux. The uncertainties pertain to the redistribution of power, emergence of a polycentric world order, acuter competition for strategic resources, unequal distribution of wealth and power, the emergence of non-state actors, changing nature of conflict, threats to human security and state security arising out of climate change, poverty pandemics, terrorism, WMD proliferation, etc.

India can benefit from this uncertainty provided it maintains its natural strengths which are a strong economy, demography, democracy, political cohesion and a tolerant society. If we falter on any of these, we will suffer.

India is located in Asia, which is emerging as the new centre of global power. But Asia is home to great power rivalries. Asia has many security hot spots which impact India. West Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and the Indian Ocean Region are areas of great strategic importance for India. But they harbour many instabilities too. Therefore, India will need to approach these regions strategically.

A rising China will remain a significant foreign policy and security challenge for India. The boundary question is unlikely to be resolved in a hurry. The uncertainties of power transition in China, growth of nationalism, military modernisation, expanding ambitions in the Indian Ocean, its forays in South Asia, China-Pakistan nexus are all likely to remain concerns for India. Sino-Indian relations have improved in recent years but the mistrust has not disappeared altogether. India’s policy towards China must be nuanced and calibrated carefully. India cannot afford to have a hostile and powerful neighbour on its borders. India will need to learn to manage China with a combination of “hard” and “soft” power options. Our diplomatic skills must be of high order. Sino-Indian economic trade, which is growing, still remains asymmetric. India must look for economic opportunities in China.

South Asia is vital for India’s security and prosperity. Unfortunately, instability in South Asia is endemic. South Asian countries continue to remain sceptical about India’s attitude and behaviour. India can leverage its economic strength for bringing South Asian countries closer. Regional integration must be promoted. People-to-people contacts must be facilitated. Connectivity must be improved. However, the problem remains psychological. India must adopt policies that reassure its neighbours. India must adopt long term strategies rather than bank on ad-hocism and knee-jerk responses.

Pakistan is becoming increasingly ungovernable and unstable. Pakistan’s policy of using terrorism as a pressure point on India is a major challenge for India as is Pakistan’s ‘all weather friendship’ with China. Sino-Pakistan nexus is likely to deepen further as China’s global profile increases and Pakistan’s own problems deepen. Both China and Pakistan are nuclear countries. Radical elements in Pakistan do not countenance a prosperous and strong India. How should India deal with Pakistan? Our policy towards Pakistan must be based on deterrence as well as engagement. Pakistani society is getting differentiated and multi-layered. We should be looking for building favourable constituencies in Pakistan particularly amongst its civil society and youth. We should build our capacities to meet the terrorism challenge emanating from Pakistan, but a strategy of no-dialogue may not prove to be effective. We should also understand Pakistan’s internal vulnerabilities and learn to exploit them to our advantage. In particular, we should highlight the situation in Baluchistan and Gilgit Baltistan. We should ensure that Pakistan does not get any special role in Afghanistan that would harm India’s interests. The Pakistan army appears to be under some pressure as is reflected in General Kayani’s recent statements about “peaceful co-existence” and the importance of democracy. We should be using both negative and positive levers vis-à-vis Pakistan. We should not hesitate to establish military-to-military exchanges with Pakistan. Trade can be used as a positive lever. At the same time, we should guard ourselves against nuclear terrorism and possible humanitarian crisis emerging out of spiralling instability in Pakistan.

India has tremendous strategic interests and stakes in West Asia. The region accounts for about two-thirds of our crude imports and $100 billion in trade. Nearly six million Indians living in West Asia remit over $ 35 billion every year. West Asia is saddled with seemingly intractable problems and rivalries. These include the unresolved Israel-Palestinian conflict, Iran’s nuclear programme, Iran-Israel and Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalries. The tensions in West Asia are likely to continue. The region is becoming even more complex on account of the onset of political turmoil—-Arab Spring—in many countries. India’s vote on the Libyan and Syrian resolutions at the UN Security Council and India’s handling of Iran shows that Indian policy towards its region will also evolve. India cannot afford to alienate any side in the region. While maintaining good relations with all countries in the region, we will also need to shore up our capabilities in the maritime domain.

India has to pay much greater attention to the different regions of the world than has been the case so far. India’s Look East policy has brought considerable gains to the country, but it is still incomplete because of the lack of capacity in India to engage deeply with South East Asia and Asia. US’s Asian pivot strategy and China’s assertive stance in the South China sea will heighten tensions. North Korea remains a state of concern. US security guarantees in the region are being doubted by some countries. China sees a US ‘return’ to the Asia Pacific with concern. Tensions in the region will grow. India needs to enhance its engagement with Myanmar which is now opening up. India’s North-East Region must be integrated into India’s Look East policy. India will need to deepen its strategic partnerships with Japan, South Korea, ASEAN, Austria and countries in the South West Pacific.

Africa is opening up. There has been strong economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. India has sought to enhance its engagement with Africa. The India-Africa Forum has been a good beginning. This engagement must be deepened further. In contrast to the Chinese model, which is based upon the exploitation of Africa’s resources, India must have a mixed model of society building and economic engagement.

Central Asia remains important for India. We have not been able to leverage our historical closeness with the region mainly due to lack of geographical access. India must engage with Central Asian countries bilaterally as well as through multi-lateral institutions like the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. India needs to invest more in Central Asia. TAPI, if realised, will enhance India’s energy security.

Although Europe is in economic difficulty, its importance for India cannot be under-estimated. India’s trade with Europe remains significant. Europe can also be a source of investment and technology. A large number of Indians continue to live and work in Europe. In recent years, the strategic content of our relationship with Europe has been diminishing. This situation must be altered. Europe must be encouraged to invest in India. People-to-people contacts must also be enhanced. Similarly, India must look for long term opportunities in Europe despite the latter’s weaknesses.

Russia remains a time-tested friend of India, but over the years Indo-Russian relationship has, to some extent, weakened. This is largely due to the changes in global and regional environment. Russia is engaging more and more with China and is disillusioned with the US and Europe. It is also in the midst of a major internal political and economic churning. India has also diversified its foreign policy. The Russians are watching the growing Indo-US relationship with some concern. They are also apprehensive that their dominance in India’s defence market may be affected. Indo-Russian relations need to be diversified. Particular attention must be paid to improving the economic content of the relationship.

The United States remains the single biggest power and India must have an ever-deepening strategic partnership with it. The US is likely to turn towards India as its relative power declines. The many commonalities in the value systems of the two countries will make it possible for India to maintain its partnership with the US while retaining its strategic autonomy.

India needs to play an effective role in the emergence of global institutions of governance. India’s role in the G20 is a good beginning. India’s economic engagement with the world must improve. India can leverage its vast market, human resource potential and scientific and technological infrastructure to engage with the world. India’s defence industrialisation programmes can provide new stimulus for this engagement.

Multilateralism is in a state of flux. Many UN institutions are in crisis. The role of informal non-official communities and regimes in the fleshing out of the norms of governance is increasing. The influence of informal institutions on formal institutions is also increasing. India has staked its claim to a permanent membership in the UN Security Council but this may not be forthcoming easily. India needs to recognise that much of today’s global norm-setting is done outside formal institutions, by informal networks of professionals. These informal networks have a profound impact on the functioning of formal institutions. India should ensure that it has membership of the relevant institutions, both formal and informal. India has benefited from its engagement with groupings like IBSA and BRICS. India should broaden its options so that its influence increases around the world.

India’s foreign policy must be backed by hard power. India should be ready for a two-front armed conflict to be fought under a nuclear overhang. Hard power is important not only in the context of Pakistan and China but also in the context of the Indian Ocean where India should vouch for freedom of navigation. India must develop a significant maritime orientation to its military power. Its nuclear deterrence must be credible. Air power must be developed to neutralise the air assets of the adversary. Cyber security and space security must be given due attention.

India’s foreign policy challenge also lies in uncertain domestic politics. A recent example was India’s inability to sign the Teesta Water sharing agreement with Bangladesh. India’s Sri Lankan policy is influenced by politics in Tamil Nadu. Over the years, the consensus on Indian foreign policy has been breaking down. The numerous problems within India, particularly on the internal security front, also affect India’s foreign policy. The capability of the Indian state to meet the internal security challenges, which can be exploited by external forces, must be built up. Internal security challenges range from the Maoist threat to insurgencies in different parts of the country.

India will also need to resolve a number of non-traditional security issues where diplomacy will play an important role. These include energy security, nuclear security, climate change, etc. Energy Security will depend upon India’s ability to ensure energy supplies from abroad, promoting energy efficiency at home, taking a lead in renewable energy and clean technologies. Nuclear security is emerging as a new issue, arising out of concerns about the safety and security of nuclear assets. India needs to strengthen its national efforts towards nuclear security while contributing towards the emergence of nuclear security standards in the world.

India’s strengths will emerge from a strong economy which, in turn, has to be based on sound formation of knowledge and information. We need to build our education system to world standards. Innovation must be given a premium. National security must be an integral part of our education system. Strengthening of national security will also depend upon addressing cyber security challenges. We must leverage ICT in national security.

India must transform its governance to meet the coming challenges. Foreign policy is a part of overall governance and can play a role. The key is to back our good intentions in foreign policy with adequate power. At the same time, power must be embedded in our values for it to be legitimate.

1) What are the features of Indian Foreign Policy?

1. Non-Alignment: It is an independent foreign policy tool to actively engage in international politics. Nehru himself coined the term Non-Alignment in 1954. He defined it as non-alignment means not tying yourself with military blocs of nations … but independently… trying to maintain friendly relations with all countries. The origin of Non-Alignment Movement (NAM), could be traced to a conference hosted in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955.

2. Anti-Colonialism and Anti-Imperialism : India achieved independence in 1947 and extended its helping hand to liberate other colonies from the shackles of the imperialist powers.

3. Opposition to Racial Discrimination : India condemned racial discrimination in any form. Mahatma Gandhi raised his voice against racial discrimination in South Africa. India was the first country to raise this issue at the UN and argued that this was against the principles of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.

4. Faith in Peaceful Co-existence and Cooperation : For centuries, India has subscribed to the policy of sarva-dharma-sambhava ( goodwill and tolerance towards all religions), which is a Vedantic concept. India adopted this policy at the foreign policy level as peaceful co-existence and cooperation.

5. Faith in the United Nations : India being a founder member of the UN has always remained committed to the purposes and principles of the UN and has been significant contributions to its peace-keeping operations. India is a member of G 4 and is also an aspirant for permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council.

6. Peaceful use of Nuclear Energy : In 1965, alongwith a small group of non-aligned countries, India had put forward the idea of an international non-proliferation agreement under which the nuclear weapons states would agree to give up their arsenals provided other countries refrained from developing or acquiring such weapons. India’s decision not to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty was in keeping with the basic objective of maintaining freedom of thought and action. Now, though India is a nuclear weapon state but remains committed to the basic tenet of foreign policy—a conviction that global elimination of nuclear weapon will enhance its security as well as that of the rest of the world.

2) Is India’s current foreign policy guided more by economic than strategic interests?

It depends on how you define the term ‘strategic’. The economic and strategic interests of any state/country/nation are inextricably intertwined. In today’s world, no nation can safeguard its strategic interests without taking care of its economic interests. In fact, if a nation ignores its economic growth, it can hardly spend adequately for its defence. In a world, where technology is developing at a very fast pace, there is a continuing demand for modernising defence/security forces, which require resources. The nature of world economy has changed vastly over the years because of revolution in technologies of mass communication. This has made the world a smaller place and made economic cooperation among nations inevitable. The much used and abused term “globalisation” describes the state of world economy better than anything else. A nation can maximise its economic gains only through proactive association with the world community, rather than choosing to grow in isolation.

Therefore, it is of critical necessity for every nation today to have a proactive foreign economic policy. In fact, foreign policies of different countries are emphasising more on economic diplomacy today than ever before. Such engagement serves two purposes. One, they build networks of dependency among nations and reduce the potential for hostile interaction among them. Two, by offering a chance to nations to develop their resources, they enable them to access better technologies and thereby have better levels of defence preparedness, which serves their strategic interests.

Coming to India, there is an adequate balance between pursuit of economic and security interests in our foreign policy. Our engagements with countries within the region and beyond reflect this trend. Our trade and aid policies in the neighbourhood have resulted in building relationships of trust and confidence which can be gleaned from the fact that countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and even to some extent Sri Lanka have cooperated with India on security matters with much more enthusiasm than ever before. The arrest of north eastern insurgents from Bangladesh, terrorists from Nepal and continuing defence and security cooperation with Bhutan prove this point.

Our relationship with the US and other Western powers has undergone a huge transformation in the last decade; so much so that the US has started recognising India as a net-security provider in the Indo-Pacific region! This has both contributed to raising anxieties in China and building deterrence to some extent. India’s growing economic and strategic relationship with countries like Vietnam, Japan, South Korea and Australia, as also deepening economic relationship with South East Asian countries, is being interpreted in China as India throwing a reverse string of pearls against China in a bid to counter Chinese ingress into the South Asian region. At the same time, India continues to enhance its economic engagement with China, which also serves as a strategic deterrent for a rising and restless China by way of fostering a vested interest in keeping the relationship stable and peaceful.

All this indicate that India is not pursuing a lame-duck foreign policy. This is not to deny that there are many strategic challenges that require much more innovative thinking and approach. The threat of terrorism emanating from the neighbourhood for example needs to be countered. We are trying to build trade and commercial relationship with Pakistan and hope to interlock our bilateral economic interests which could lead to diminution of the sense of hostility being nurtured by vested interests in Pakistan. While one may criticise such a policy, the alternative strategy of not talking to Pakistan is much worse. In an unstable neighbourhood, seething with political and economic uncertainties, India, as the largest and most powerful country, has no other option but to engage. At the same time, the benefits of economic growth are being properly channelised into modernising our defence forces and augmenting our defence preparedness.

INDIAN DIASPORA

According to Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, India has the second largest diaspora in the
world after Overseas Chinese. The overseas Indian community estimated at over 25 million is
spread across every major region in the world. By creating an independent Ministry of Overseas
Indian Affairs, India has given mainstream attention to this 25 million strong Overseas Indian
community. The experience gained from bilateral and multilateral engagement with the Diaspora,
and with migration related institutions has helped India develop appropriate and well-calibrated
institutional responses both for Diaspora engagement and migration management. The common
thread that binds India with its Diaspora together is the idea of India and its intrinsic values.

 The primary motivation for migration is economic and, at the heart of migration management, is
the imperative to maximise the development impact of international migration for all.

PIO:
A person of Indian origin (PIO) is a person of Indian origin or ancestry (other than from
Pakistan, Bangladesh, and some other countries) who was or whose ancestors were born in
India but is not a citizen of India and is the citizen of another country. A PIO might have
been a citizen of India and subsequently taken the citizenship of another country.
The Indian government considers anyone of Indian origin up to four generations removed to be
a PIO, with the exception of those who were ever nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka. The prohibited list periodically includes Iran as
well.
The government issues a PIO Card to a PIO after verification of his or her origin or ancestry
and this card entitles a PIO to enter India without a visa. The spouse of a PIO can also be
issued a PIO card though the spouse might not be a PIO. This latter category includes foreign
spouses of Indian nationals, regardless of ethnic origin, so long as they were not born in, or
ever nationals of, the aforementioned prohibited countries. PIO Cards exempt holders from
many restrictions that apply to foreign nationals, such as visa and work permit requirements,
along with certain other economic limitations.

NRI:
A non-resident Indian (NRI) is a citizen of India who holds an Indian passport and has
temporarily emigrated to another country for six months or more for work, residence or any
other purpose.
The term non-resident refers only to the tax status of a person who, as per section 6 of the
Income-tax Act of 1961, has not resided in India for a specified period for the purposes of the
Income Tax Act. The rates of income tax are different for persons who are “resident in India”
and for NRIs.

Emigration, Immigration, and Diaspora Relations in India
 During the 19th century and until the end of the British Raj, much of the migration that occurred was
of poor workers to other British colonies under the indenture system. The major destinations, in
chronological order, were Mauritius, Guyana, the Caribbean, Fiji, and East Africa. Before the
larger wave of migration during the British colonial era, a significant group of South Asians,
especially from the west coast (Sindh, Surat, Konkan, Malabar and Lanka) regularly travelled to
East Africa, especially Zanzibar. It is believed that they travelled in Arab dhows, Maratha Navy
ships (under Kanhoji Angre), and possibly Chinese junks and Portuguese vessels. Some of these
people settled in East Africa and later spread to places like present day Uganda. Later they mingled
with the much larger wave of South Asians who came with the British.
 Indian migration to the modern countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania started nearly a century
ago when these were part of British East Africa. Most of these migrants were of Gujarati or
Punjabi origin. Indian-led businesses are the backbone of the economies of these countries. These
ranged in the past from small ruralgrocery stores to sugar mills. After independence from Britain in
the 1960s, the majority of Asians, as they were known, moved out or were forced out from these
countries (in 1970’s by Idi Amin in Uganda). Most of them moved to Britain, or India, or other
popular destinations like the USA and Canada.
 Gujarati and Sindhi merchants and traders settled in Iran, Aden, Oman, Bahrain, Dubai, South
Africa and East African countries, most of which were ruled by the British. Indian Rupee was the
legal currency in many countries of Arabian Peninsula.
 After the 1970s oil boom in the Middle East, numerous Indians emigrated to work in the Gulf
countries. With modern transportation and expectations, this was on a contractual basis rather than
permanent as in the 19 th century cases. These Gulf countries have a common policy of not
naturalizing non-Arabs, even if they are born there.
 The 1990s IT boom and rising economy in the USA attracted numerous Indians who emigrated to
the United States of America. Today, the USA has the third largest number of Indians. Also, as per UNESCO Institute for Statistics the number of Indian students make India second after China
among the world’s largest sending countries for tertiary students.
 In addition, Indian professionals, such as doctors, teachers, engineers, also played an important part
in the development of these countries.
Thus, contemporary flows from India are of two kinds:
 The first is the emigration of highly skilled professionals, workers and students with tertiary
and higher educational qualifications migrating to developed countries, particularly to the USA,
UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. As discussed, this flow started after Indian
independence and gathered momentum with the emigration of IT professional in the 1990s.
 The second is the flow of unskilled and semi-skilled workers going mostly to the Gulf
countries and Malaysia, following the oil boom in the Gulf countries, mainly from Kerala and
other south Indian states. Of late, however northern states in India like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar
have also emerged as the leading states of origin for such migration.
Role of the Diaspora as development partners
1. Building transnational networks
The Diasporas provide important links and contact points between home and host societies by building transnational networks which transact not only emotional and familial bonds, but also cultural, social and economic interests. With advances in information technology and cheaper transport services, the
Diaspora, as compared to situations prevailing earlier, are able to maintain connections with people and  networks back home more effectively. Such Diaspora associations in host countries impact and influence local businesses, evenpolitical decisions, thereby ensure a friendlier environment and outcomes for the existing and prospective migrants.

2. Channel remittances, capital and investments Diaspora associations help to channel remittances, capital and investments to benefit not only home
communities, but also by developing partnerships with host country counterparts, benefiting both. The same can be said of the exchange of skills, cuisines, ideas, knowledge and technology.
3. Development-migration paradigm
With the second-largest overseas population, India has the status as the country that receives amongst the highest remittances, its experience in effectively addressing the problems of poverty, inequality  and unemployment in an unfailingly democratic manner, India can provide the much needed impetus to meaningfully reinforce the symbiotic development-migration paradigm.

4. Sources of investment, expertise, knowledge and technology
These ‘Global Indians’ can serve as bridges by providing access to markets, sources of investment, expertise, knowledge and technology; they can shape, by their informed participation, the discourse on migration and development, and help articulate the need for policy coherence in the countries of destination and origin. To capitalize on such a vast base of Indian Diaspora requires not only the home country to establish conditions and institutions for a sustainable, symbiotic and mutually rewarding engagement with the Diaspora-which are central to govt. programmes and activities; but for the Diaspora to project themselves as intrinsically motivated and progressive communities as well

Institutional Mechanism
 The Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council (PMGAC)
PMGAC serves as a high-level body to draw upon the talent of the best Overseas Indian minds
wherever they might reside.
 The India Center for Migration
Earlier called Indian Council of Overseas Employment (ICOE), a not-for-profit society, it serves as a ‘strategic think tank on matters relating to overseas employment markets for Indians and overseas Indian workers.
 The Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC)
OIFC is a not-for-profit trust in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), to serve as a one stop shop for economic engagement, investment and business.
 The India Development Foundation (IDF)
It is also a not-for-profit trust to serve as a credible single window to facilitate Diaspora philanthropy and lead Overseas Indian philanthropic capital into India’s social development effort.
 The Global Indian Network of Knowledge
Global-INK is an electronic platform to facilitate transfer of knowledge with the objective of leveraging the expertise, skills and experience of Overseas Indians.
 Overseas Indian Centres (OIC)
OIC at the Indian Missions in Washington and Abu Dhabi, to begin with, to serve as field formations on matters relating to Overseas Indians.

Flagship Schemes for Indian Diaspora

1. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Since 2003, the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Overseas Indians’ Day) sponsored by Ministry of Overseas
Indian Affairs, is being celebrated on 9 January each year in India, to “mark the contribution of
Overseas Indian community in the development of India”. The day commemorate the arrival of
Mahatma Gandhi in India from South Africa, and during three-day convention held around the day, a forum for issues concerning the Indian diaspora is held and the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards are given away.

2. “Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)” scheme
As of January 2006, The Indian government has introduced the “Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI)” scheme to allow a limited form of dual citizenship to Indians, NRIs and PIOs for the first time since independence in 1947. The PIO Card scheme is expected to be phased out in coming years in favour of OCI. It is proposed to merge the PIO card and OCI card scheme and call it Overseas Indian Card
Scheme.
3. Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC)
A scheme called ‘Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC)’ was launched in the academic year 2006-07. Under the scheme 100 scholarships upto US$ 4000 per annum are granted to PIO and
NRI students for undergraduate courses in different verticals. The scheme is being implemented by  Educational Consultants India Limited (Ed. CIL), a Government of India Enterprise under the
Ministry of Human Resource Development. The scheme is open to NRIs / PIOs/ OCIs from 40
countries with substantial Indian Diaspora population. The applications from students who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria are to be evaluated and short listed by a selection committee consisting of officers from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ed.CIL (India) Ltd. and MOIA.
4. Pravasi Bhartiya Bima Yojana (PBBY)
The Pravasi Bharatiya Bima Yojana is a compulsory insurance scheme for overseas Indian workers having Emigration Check Required (ECR) passport going to ECR countries.

5. Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojna
A pension and life insurance scheme called “Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojna” for the
Overseas Indian workers having Emigration Check required passports has been introduced on a pilot basis in Kerala from 1st May, 2012. The objective of the scheme is to encourage and enable such overseas Indian workers to save for old age, save for their return and Resettlement by giving
government contribution, and obtain a life insurance cover against natural death.

6. Swarnpravas Yojna
The Planning Commission accorded ‘in principle’ approval to the proposed plan Scheme namely
‘Swarnpravas Yojna’ to be launched in the 12th Five year Plan. The scheme aims to facilitate creation of a framework of internationally acceptable standards of training, certification etc. so that Indian youth are able to find employment in the International market. Outlays to be provided to MOIA during the 12th Five Year Plan for the Scheme are decided by the Planning Commission in due course.