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.

This Commissionerate co-ordinates with the various Indian Missions abroad in resolving the grievances of the Non-Resident Tamils like :

  1. To help the Tamils in distress

  2. To Assist in the settlement of their claims from the foreign employer

  3. To support in bringing back the mortal remains of the Non-Resident Tamils, who die abroad, in co-ordination with the respective Indian Missions abroad

Now the name of this Department has changed into “Ayalaga Tamizhar Nalan & Maruvazhvuthurai Anaiyaragam”. Considering the focus on Welfare of Non-Resident Tamils and for this department a separate Minister for Welfare of Non-Resident Tamils have been appointed by the Government.

The Tamil Nadu Non-Resident Tamils' Welfare (Amendment) Act 2022 had been passed and noticed in the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette on 25.04.2022 for the Constitution of the establishment of the Tamil Nadu Non-Resident Tamils' Welfare Board for the welfare of Non-Resident Tamils' in India and Abroad.


Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Thiru Gingee K.S.Masthan

Minister for Minorities Welfare and Non Resident Tamils Welfare

Non-Residential Tamils Welfare Board

Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has announced in a press release issued on 06.10.2021, that a “Non-Resident Tamils Welfare Board” will be set up to protect the welfare of Tamils living abroad and in other states of India.

Also, Section 10 (1) of the Non-Resident Tamils Welfare Act, 2011 provides for the formation of a board for the welfare of Tamils living abroad.

On the basis of this, through the Government Order No. 827, Public (R.H-2) Department, dated 24.12.22, a “Non-Resident Tamils Welfare Board” has been set up with 15 Government and Non-Government members.

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