1. Indo-Canadians welcome deadline extension decision of PM Narendra Modi to convert PIO cards

Indo-Canadians welcome deadline extension decision of PM Narendra Modi to convert PIO cards

The Indo-Canadian community has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to extend deadline to convert PIO cards to OCI cards.

By: | Toronto | Published: January 12, 2017 2:59 AM
Describing OCI card as a symbol of "Indian identity", representatives of various Indo-Canadian Organisations welcomed the decisions of the Prime Minister to extend deadline to convert PIO cards to OCI cards by June 30, 2017. (PTI) Describing OCI card as a symbol of “Indian identity”, representatives of various Indo-Canadian Organisations welcomed the decisions of the Prime Minister to extend deadline to convert PIO cards to OCI cards by June 30, 2017. (PTI)

The Indo-Canadian community has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to extend deadline to convert PIO cards to OCI cards.

Describing OCI card as a symbol of “Indian identity”, representatives of various Indo-Canadian Organisations including Canada-India Business Council, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Canada-India Foundation and Panorama India welcomed the decisions of the Prime Minister to extend deadline to convert PIO cards to OCI cards by June 30, 2017.

“The Indian Consulate in Toronto has accelerated the process to deal with applications to convert PIO cards to OCI cards,” said Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India.

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Bhatia was speaking at a function organized by the Indian Consulate in Toronto, to celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), Toronto Edition, to commemorate return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India in 1915.

Describing Indo-Canadians as “frontline envoys of ancient Indian culture and civilization”, Bhatia said, “We gather here today to recalibrate and reaffirm our roots and celebrate achievements of Indo-Canadians”.

Indo-Canadians have made outstanding contributions in their chosen fields. Among them, they are politicians of status, scientists of repute, outstanding doctors, brilliant educationists, IT professionals, economists, musicians, famous philanthropists, journalists, bankers, engineers and lawyers,” he added.

Many Indo-Canadians, politicians and dignitaries attended the function.

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    CHANDRA PRAKASH
    Jan 12, 2017 at 6:45 am
    Sir Naste, Adriy Pradhan manrti ji aap ka note bandi ka nirday bahut a6a tha, lekin meri ma ne abhi 2500 ₹ abhi bkase me rkh kar bul gae thi mai es paise ko mai kis baink me jma kru koe le nhi rha h sir plz meri madad kre. Aap ka pyara bharat vasi lal. Jay Hind.
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      Rajesh R Upadhyay
      Jan 12, 2017 at 1:44 pm
      This is a move that reflects mutual TRUST between GOVT. & NATIONALS residing out of NATION.
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        Tej
        Jan 11, 2017 at 11:55 pm
        I agree with the fact OCI card does help in keeping an Indian Ideny and contact with the motherland. But my concern is that Modi and his government is not be trusted.All Indo -Canadians should wake up to fact at time of denomination Modi had declared that people ho cannot deposit the demonetized the notes by December 30, 2016 will be given an opportunity at a later date. Now what has happened OCIs and PIOs have been completely ruled out of the option to even enter the RBI. I had the opportunity to discuss with many INDO - CANADIANS and almost everyone said they have cash holdings in India which they could deposit that cash in their account before the end of Dec 2016 due to many reasons but importantly that they will be given an option till Match 2017.The notification or the ordinance has been ped by the Government in a Cabinet meeting chaired by MODI and it appears they have knowingly omitted to the option of offering the grace period to OCI/PIO card holders. I urge upon all people of Indian origin in Canada to strongly protest this action of the Government of India and letting us down. While we do support the demonetization move of Modi, is it too much to ask if OCIs are permit to deposit their their cash in their accounts. The cash holdings such INDO - CANADIANS which they hold in India is their property and is the government legally justified in denying the right in one stroke by issuing the ordinance. Please stop worshiping the political leadership blindly and learn to fight for your rights. ORGANIZE, PROTEST AND FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS. PLEASE DO NOT BE SPINELESS
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