Sharma, India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry, has been briefed about
issues affecting the Indian Diaspora arising from the recent 20th
annual conference in New York by Lord Diljit Rana, recently elected GOPIO
Rana met Mr Sharma in London recently for talks during the minister’s visit to
the United Kingdom. Among the issues discussed was the contribution NRIs/PIOs
currently make to the Indian economy and the opportunities that exist for the
Indian government to develop this important and longstanding relationship.
Lord Diljit Rana, left,
briefing, right to left, Anand Sharma, Minister for Commerce and Industry,
Government of India, Asoke Mukerji, Deputy High Commissioner for India, London,
and Lord Navnit Dholakia, Deputy Leader of the House of Lord.
Rana, a leading UK hotelier and property developer, told the minister that
GOPIO was keen to strengthen further its relationship with the Indian
government particularly in areas such as economic development and educational
Indian community throughout the world would welcome closer links with the
government in Delhi in areas such as human rights and property rights.
Sharma was briefed about conference resolutions that included violence against
Indian students in Australia, problems of property rights of NRIs/PIOs in
India, tax parity on equities for NRIs/PIOs similar to what is done in
Mauritius, voting rights for Indian citizens living outside India, and the red
tape and other hurdles faced by NRI/PIO high school graduates to obtain
permission in pursuit of college education in certain Indian universities.