GOPIO Delegation

Participants at the Indian Consulate of New York/GOPIO meeting held at the Indian Consulate Feb. 20. (photo provided)

The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin Feb. 20 sent officials as well as chapter representatives to the Indian Consulate in New York to discuss community issues.

The meeting came months after a September discussion in which a GOPIO delegation met India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and appealed to launch the Know India Program during the summer for Indian Americans in the U.S. who had not visited India.

The ministry in principal accepted this proposal and the Indian Consulate in New York as a follow-up invited a GOPIO delegation to the consulate for discussion to launch the government program, the organization said.

Among the Consulate officials were Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty. The GOPIO officials included chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham, vice president Ram Gadhavi, secretary Dr. Rajeev Mehta, chapter review committee chair Dinesh Mittal, GICC co-chair Prakash Shah, GOPIO media council chair Nami Kaur and GOPIO council on seniors chair Sudha Acharya.

The Consulate on its part updated the activities and services provided for the community, including joint efforts with the community organizations as well as organized directly by the Consulate such as the India Lecture series, it said.

GOPIO said that the Know India Program will begin in the summer.

The delegation brought up a number of issues while at the Consulate, besides the Know India Program, such as the need for social services for the NRI/PIO community in the U.S.; a growing need to address the mental health conditions within the Diaspora; PIOs being charged 10 times fees for off campus enrollment in universities; NRI/PIO seniors experiencing hunger, loneliness and depression; and limited Consulate resources to attend NRI/PIO events.

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