India's amount limit for visiting Gulf NRIs slammed

Updated 10 March 2013
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India's amount limit for visiting Gulf NRIs slammed

Indians living in the Kingdom have expressed surprise over new instructions issued by Indian embassies in the Gulf that bar NRIs staying in the region from carrying large amounts of Indian currency when traveling to India.
“There have been some instances when NRIs have been found carrying large amount of cash in the form of Indian currency while visiting India and faced problems at airport. In some cases the currency being carried by NRIs has even been found to be counterfeit,” a statement released by the Indian missions in the Gulf region has said.
According to the statement, only Indian residents are allowed to carry up to Rs. 7,500 in Indian currency per person when traveling abroad or returning to India. The statement said there is misconception that NRIs are allowed to carry Indian currency back to India.
Speaking to Arab News, S. Tauqeer, a Riyadh-based IT director in a French MNC, said: “In this age of inflation, Rs. 7,500 cap is not practical. Although it’s a good step by the government to ensure a proper cash flow via banks, it will be difficult to implement.”
Faisal Haleem, an IT specialist who has recently arrived in the Kingdom, said the move would hurt the labor class most. “Poor laborers are not educated. They come from villages. They don’t have bank accounts,” he added.
Syed Junaidurrahman from Hyderabad who has been working in the Kingdom for 20 years, said the move is justified to some extent “but the cap should be lifted to Rs. 20,000.”


KSRelief joins work session at UN Forum on sustainable development in New York

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KSRelief joins work session at UN Forum on sustainable development in New York

NEW YORK: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) participated in a high-level political forum on sustainable development in a session entitled “Saudi Aid Platform” in New York at the United Nations.
Assistant General Supervisor of KSRelief Center for Planning and Development Dr. Aqeel Al-Ghamdi briefed a summary on the Saudi aid platform, saying that it is an electronic platform built through a team of statisticians and IT experts working in archiving and documenting the humanitarian and development projects.
He said that the center’s work amounted to 439 projects implemented through 124 partners in the amount of $1,826,962,993 in various sectors, pointing out that the Kingdom is the top humanitarian donor for Yemen in 2018, according to a recent report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
He spoke about the new humanitarian project “Masam” to dismantle mines in Yemen, which pose dangers to civilians as the Houthis plant them near residential areas, killing thousands and causing permanent disabilities to many others.
Al-Ghamdi went on to review the electronic platform for Saudi aid, created by IT experts via the KSRelief and launched under the patronage of King Salman. Donor groups in Saudi Arabia were trained to document their humanitarian projects on the portal. The first phase of the project documents activities between 2007 to 2017, while the second focuses on all activities from 1996 to 2006 and the third stage is concerned with activities before 1995.



The center, alongside relevant state institutions, have completed the monitoring of the first phase in both fts and dac oecd. It showed that during the first phase, an amount of 33.29 billion dollars were spent as 1196 projects in 78 countries were carried out, while the number of contributions reached 489 with a total amount of USD 929,711,258.