India confirms rules for NRI compensation claims

The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has confirmed the rules for compensation in the case of the death of a Kuwait NRI in an accident. The rules include the Embassy's requirement of a legal heir-ship certificate and Power of Attorney in order to process the claim. The document must be attested by authorities in India such as a District Magistrate or a First Class Magistrate, and authorised Officer of the State Government, Ministry of External affairs, Consular Section New Delhi, or a Branch Secretariat of the Ministry of External Affairs outside of Delhi, for a claim to be filed on behalf of the legal heirs. The legal heirs must appoint a person of their choice, who is residing in Kuwait, or the Embassy of India, as their attorney in the case. Local laws say the death compensation case related to a work-site accident must be filed within one year, and in the case of a traffic accident the case should be filed within three years from the date of the accident. The Embassy said it has five lawyers on its panel whose services can be used in such cases.