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Abroad Residents of India or OCI card is issued to individuals of Indian origin globally which provides them virtually all of the privileges of an Indian nationwide apart from the precise to vote.

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  • Final Up to date: Might 23, 2020, 10:32 AM IST

The Indian-Individuals have welcomed the choice of the Indian authorities to ease the coronavirus-linked world journey restrictions imposed on these having OCI playing cards, describing it as an enormous reduction for them.

Abroad Residents of India or OCI card is issued to individuals of Indian origin globally which provides them virtually all of the privileges of an Indian nationwide apart from the precise to vote, authorities service and shopping for agricultural land. The OCI card offers them a visa free journey to India.

On Friday, the central authorities allowed sure classes of OCI card holders, who’re stranded overseas, to come back to the nation. Earlier, in response to the rules issued by the Indian authorities in April, visas of international nationals and OCI playing cards had been suspended as a part of the brand new worldwide journey restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic.

This privilege of visa free journey to India was inflicting misery amongst a lot of individuals of Indian-origin and Indian residents in nations just like the US whose kids had been OCI card holders as they had been born on this nation.

Many Indian mother and father, a number of of whom misplaced their jobs on account of the financial disaster as a consequence of coronavirus pandemic, however weren’t allowed to take the particular evacuation flights of Air India from varied US cities, took to social media and urged the Indian leaders to permit them to journey to India.

It is a massive reduction for the OCI card holders. It was a humanitarian disaster within the making. I’m happy that the Indian Authorities listened to their voices, mentioned social activist Prem Bhandari, chairman of Jaipur Foot USA, who has been taking over the reason for the OCI card holders.

(It is a) a lot wanted rest to the distressed mother and father with minors having OCI have to journey again residence, mentioned Geeta Somani. In a household of 4, her six-year-old daughter is a OCI card holder and relaxation are Indian residents and their US visa is about to run out. However they weren’t in a position to journey due to the earlier journey restrictions for the OCI card holders. Now they’re planning to journey again residence.

Many because of all of you and the Authorities of India for understanding our concern, mentioned an individual named Rajesh.

Bhandari who for the previous few weeks had launched a relentless marketing campaign for the Indian Authorities to reverse its current OCI order, mentioned voices of abroad Indians had been humanely thought of by its leaders, proper from the highest Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to Minister of State for Exterior Affairs V Muraleedharan.

Flooded with questions on the OCI card challenge, Muraleedharan throughout a webinar final week organised by Federation of Indian Individuals (FIA) and Bihar Jharkhand Affiliation of North America (BJANA), assured Indian Individuals that the federal government will quickly take a call.

Through the webinar, after listening to their considerations, high RSS chief Dr Krishna Gopal had assured us that he’ll take up the matter with acceptable authorities in India, Bhandari mentioned including efforts made by every-one from inside and outdoors India helped resolve this rising humanitarian disaster.

That is nice information for the diaspora in want, mentioned Ranjeet Singh Champawat. At the moment is such an ideal day. The Authorities of India resolves the large concern for OCI holders, mentioned Alok Kumar, former FIA president.

Excellent news for OCI Card holders…. A number of-entry lifelong visa facility granted to Abroad Citizen of India card holders restored for minor kids of Indian nationals overseas and holding OCI playing cards, tweeted Oxomiya Jiyori. Good Information for OCI card holders, mentioned Sunanda Sondhi.

On the similar time, quite a lot of OCI card holders on Friday sought additional rest. Please embrace OCI children of OCI mother and father and fogeys residing in India. It could be a nominal quantity within the scheme of issues, urged Sunil Kumar. I’m an OCI card holder residing in India from 2008 and my son is an OCI card holder caught within the USA, he wrote.

Request you to please permit OCI college students of OCI mother and father residing in India for nearly 16 years, urged Uma Sitaraman.




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