In order to avoid duplication of work and to improve efficiency, the government merged the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) with the Ministry of External Affairs.
- As senior diplomats wanted officials dealing with foreign workers-related issues and emergencies to have better diplomatic back-up and coordination.
- The merger is expected to increase efficiency in MEA’s emergency work abroad.
- MEA wanted the key operational posts, including that of the Protector General of Emigrants, one of the most important offices in MOIA, to have diplomatic focus.
- The post is responsible for issuing registration certificates to recruitment agents who send workers abroad, especially to the Gulf region.