Dubai: India will soon have an authority to monitor and facilitate migration of its citizens to other countries, with a comprehensive database of Indians working abroad, Minister for Oversees Indian Affairs, Vayalar Ravi has said.

Speaking to reporters in Qatar's capital Doha, he said the government plans to bring a legislation in this regard in the next Parliamentary session.

He said the Emigration Authority would facilitate regular, and legal migration of its citizens to other countries, and once such an authority comes into force, the government will have all details of its citizens migrating to other countries for a variety of reasons including work.

"We are trying to bring about the legislation in the next session of the parliament," Ravi told a press conference at the Indian embassy in Doha.

He also said that the next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, attracts people of Indian-origin from across the world, will be held in Dubai from October 12-13.

Touching subjects of significance to Indian expatriates in the Gulf region, Ravi said the government will help pay a portion of the construction costs for crematoriums and social centres at five locations in the UAE.

He said he has approved the use of the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) for building cremation facilities and community centres in the emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

A crematorium is already being built in Sharjah after Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, donated land for that purpose.

Ravi said the Indian organisations in the Emirates had been asked to submit detailed estimates, and the government will decide on the amount to donate after it receives the estimates.

However, the amount of government funding for the projects was only a 'symbolic contribution' and is being done at the request of India's ambassador to the UAE, M K Lokesh, he stated.

Ravi also urged Indians in the UAE to register online for votes in large numbers and said his ministry is working out details of NRIs participating in the electoral process.