NRI families’ long wait for postal service

Jeddah: Nusrath Begum, 28-year-old wife of Mohammed Amar, who died in Saudi Arabia, lives in a remote village in the Jagitial district and inquired every day at the town’s postman about an envelope she’s been expecting since May.

Impatient amid financial misery, she sends voice messages to her family members in Saudi Arabia, asking for the pending salary of her deceased husband who was expected to arrive with the postal service.

The India Post’s snail mail may not matter most in this era of internet communication, but is crucial for many grieving NRI families like Nusrath Begum.

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The Indian diplomatic missions, like other missions abroad, also reach their diplomatic baggage by postal service. The grieving families of NRIs in India receive only checks and other important documents of Indian missions by mail. The Indian missions receive gratuities, pending salaries, other financial claims such as compensation, etc. on behalf of deceased NRIs. The same is passed on to their legal heirs.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, international postal services have been disrupted. The infamous case of gold shipment to Kerala hidden under diplomatic baggage further exacerbated the problem.

However, the Indian missions that received the amount intended for families of deceased workers could not repay the amount due to the interruption of the post. Although the flagship evacuation flights of the Government of India, Mission Vande Bharat, were regularly operated, these checks were not sent, for reasons that officials know best.

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After a long halt, the Indian missions sent the payment again. Orders in the GCC region have cleared arrears and hundreds of such payments have already been sent, sources said.

Source: Telangana Today

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