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Tracing the Roots
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The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs is running a scheme known as "Tracing the Roots" to facilitate PIOs in tracing their roots in India.PIOs who intend to trace their roots in India need to apply in a prescribed Form,through the Consulate General of India, Edinburgh. Application Form for this purpose is available on this website. Persons of Indian origin desirous of tracing their roots in India would be required to fill up the prescribed application form and deposit it with the Consulate General of India, Edinburgh along with a fee of Rs.30,000 ( Rupees Thirty Thousand only) in equivalent Pounds Sterling.In case the attempt is not successful, the Consulate will refund Rs.20,000/- in Pounds Sterling to the applicant. Presently M/s Alankit Assignment (Singapore) Pvt. Ltd. (e-mail: is the agency entrusted with tracing roots of PIOs in India. For further details/information regarding the Scheme, the Consulate General of India in Edinburgh may be contacted.

The Under Secretary (Diaspora) in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs may also be contacted at

Application Form

Guidelines for Tracing the Roots Programme

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