The proposal for merger was cleared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who also holds charge of the MOIA said. "As Minister for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, I realised that substantial work of MOIA is done through our missions abroad. Therefore, I proposed to Prime Minister that MOIA should be merged with Ministry of External Affairs.
"Prime Minister has kindly accepted my proposal. So MOIA will now be part of Ministry of External Affairs," Swaraj tweeted.
Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup said the decision to merge the MOIA with MEA was taken in line with government's "overall objective of minimising government and maximising governance".
He said the process of merger has already begun and the exercise is being personally supervised by Swaraj while keeping in mind the needs of the diaspora. He said the decision will help government address duplication as well as unnecessary delays in various works.


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