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Historically, Tamils have ventured abroad for trade, expeditions and also to settle abroad. A large number of Tamils migrate to foreign countries due to economic reasons, globalization of economy and in search of employment for their livelihood. This Commissionerate is involved in the welfare of such Non-Resident Tamils.
As per the Government order G.O.Ms No.1141 Public (RH.I) Department, dated 13.12.2010, the Department of Rehabilitation was re-named as "Commissionerate of Rehabilitation and Welfare of Non-Resident Tamils" and is functioning w.e.f. 13-12-2010. In the Districts, the Personal Assistant (General) to the Collector has also been designated as "District Welfare Officer (NRTs)" and the section under the Magisterial Head Assistant has been designated as "District Welfare Centre" (Non-Resident Tamils) and is entrusted with the welfare activities.
This Commissionerate co-ordinates with the various Indian Missions abroad in resolving the grievances of the Non-Resident Tamils. They are mainly in the form of who are in distress, settlement of their claims from the foreign employer and also to bring back the mortal remains of the Non-Resident Tamils who unfortunately die abroad, in co-ordination with the respective Indian Missions abroad.