Indian PM pushes for dual citizenship for overseas Indians

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  1. bhramos

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    NEW DELHI: The high-profile global advisory council of the Prime Minister, which comprises distinguished global Indians, has stressed on the importance of India’s soft power as an increasingly important element in its expanding global footprint.

    In an interesting development, the high-profile members of the council, who met with PM Manmohan Singh, external affairs minister SM Krishna and overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi on Friday, also highlighted the importance of granting full-fledged dual citizenship to people of Indian origin.

    “Many of the members of the council, from different parts of the world, highlighted the need for making the facility of dual citizenship available to people of Indian origin overseas. It was felt that this would help young second and third generation Indians overseas to connect in a better way with the country of their origin,” Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston, told ET.

    So far, India offers the overseas citizen of India (OCI) card, which is a lifelong, multi-purpose visa and the PIO card, which is a long-term multi-entry visa to overseas Indians.

    At the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on Saturday, the Prime Minister announced the merger of the OCI and PIO cards into a single facility in a bid to iron out some of the problems that have arisen in the implementation of these two schemes. So far, there are no plans to grant dual citizenship to Indian overseas by the government.

    “Almost all the members of the council agreed that dual citizenship would connect emotionally with young PIOs and since many other countries allow it, India should also take steps in that direction to engage with its diaspora,” Karan Bilimoria, chairman of Cobra Beer in UK and a peer in the House of Lords, added.

    He felt that the PM’s council showcased global diversity and the concerns of Indians living in different parts of the world were raised. This year education in India linked to the themes of skills development and growth were also highlighted. “The discussions and suggestions ranged from helping Indian institutions in gaining global recognition to greater access to education for Indians,” said Khator.

    Other members of the PM’s global council present at the meeting included Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, US-based entrepreneur Swadesh Chatterjee, South African activist Ela Gandhi, British academician and peer Bhikhu Parekh, PM’s advisor Sam Pitroda, management guru Rajat Gupta, Dato Ajit Singh from Malaysia and MA Yousuff Ali, entrepreneur from UAE.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...-for-overseas-indians/articleshow/7244515.cms
     
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  3. Blackwater

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    it will save me and my family the visa fees and hastle to get visa
     
  4. sky

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    We are in the process of applying for a oci cards for all the family.When done it will save a lot of hassle for us.
     
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    Applying itself is big hastle lolllllllllll. BTW where u live?
     
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    I dont like it....people who leave country to earn more have already given signal of what they admire more. ie money over country.
     
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    OCI and PIO cards are more than enough.
     

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