Q. With reference to the functions of the Ministry of External Affairs in India, consider the following statements: Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
The correct option is C
1, 2 and 3
The Ministry of External Affairs is one of the oldest and important departments of the Government of India. It plays a significant role in information gathering, processing and analyzing through its foreign missions for effective policy making.
Statement 1 is correct: It issues passports, gives consular services to Indian citizens visiting abroad and ensures their safety and security.
Statement 2 is correct: It is also responsible for the issuance of visas to foreign tourists visiting India.
Statement 3 is correct: The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) was a ministry of the Government of India. It was dedicated to all matters relating to the Indian diaspora around the world. It was merged with the Ministry of External Affairs in 2016, in line with the government's "overall objective of minimising government and maximising governance".