India approves OCI card for seventh generation Mauritians of Indian origin: President Murmu

President Draupadi Murmu has announced that in a goodwill gesture, India has approved a special provision to make 7th generation Indian-origin Mauritians eligible for Overseas Indian Citizen Card to reconnect them with the land of their ancestors .

In his address at the state banquet hosted by Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth on Monday, President Murmu also announced that the Government of India will support the Government of Mauritius in the redevelopment of the sacred Ganga pond complex as a religious, cultural and tourism centre.

Murmu, who is here on a state visit, said, this decision reflects India’s deep respect for our shared cultural values.

Ganga Talao is a crater lake located in an isolated hilly area in the Savannah district in the middle of Mauritius. It is about 550 meters (1,800 ft) above sea level. It is considered the most sacred Hindu place in Mauritius.

“I am confident that our cooperation in this project will further deepen the strong people-to-people ties between our two countries,” he said.

“I am very happy to inform you all that my Government has approved a special provision under which Mauritians of Indian origin of the 7th generation will also be eligible for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card. This will bring many Young Mauritians will be able to become overseas citizens of India and reconnect with the land of their ancestors, he said.

“In the past few weeks, our two Prime Ministers launched UPI and RuPay card settlement systems in India and Mauritius; they also inaugurated a new airstrip and a jetty along with six community projects in Agalega. A new initiative for Indian generic medicines for Mauritius was also announced. In the coming days, we are looking at many new initiatives such as launching a jointly developed satellite for Mauritius and 200 eco-friendly electric buses. Supply. Additionally, the Rupee Vostro account facility will enable bilateral trade in our local currencies,” she said.

He said the impressive pace of progress in bilateral relations has been possible due to both governments giving priority to each other and ‘investing’ in the relationship.

“I express my special appreciation to Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth ji for his steadfast leadership and the commitment shown by his government to deepen this special partnership,” she said.

“As India moves forward on its Amrit Kaal journey towards becoming a developed country and a leading global power, we will continue to walk hand in hand with our close partners like Mauritius and India for global peace and shared prosperity. Will remain a force to be reckoned with, keeping in mind its core values ​​of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and Sarvajana Sukhina Bhavantu,” she said.

Murmu said he was really happy to participate as the chief guest at the 56th National Day celebrations of Mauritius being celebrated on Tuesday.

“Mauritius is one of the first few countries I will be visiting on a state visit after assuming office as President. I had heard wonderful things about this beautiful country in the middle of the Indian Ocean; but only after a few hours here “I can see firsthand why your country is called the “Paradise Island”. Today, Mauritius is truly a shining symbol of development, democracy, diversity and dynamism,” he said.

Murmu said he was deeply inspired by the extraordinary triumph of the human spirit presented by Mauritius.

“I pay tribute to your brave ancestors from India, especially the ‘indentured’ indentured laborers who built this country with their hard work, sacrifice and patience despite the worst adversities. I salute your visionary leaders , who steered the destiny of the country. The economy of Mauritius is becoming a ‘Mauritius Miracle’ that inspires not only Africa, but the entire world,” he said,

Indentured labourers, also known as Jahazi, were indentured laborers from British India who were hired to work on plantations in Fiji, South Africa, East Africa (namely Mauritius, Seychelles, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda), Malaysia, Singapore and the Caribbean. Was taken for. Indian contract system.

In a short span of 56 years as an independent nation, Mauritius emerged as a leading democracy, an epitome of pluralism, a thriving economy, a prestigious international financial centre, a thriving tourist destination and most importantly one of the safest and Is. The President said, the most peaceful country in the world.

“We, in India, are very proud of your extraordinary achievements. We are happy to see the success of our Mauritian brothers and sisters because in many ways we have embarked on this journey of nation building together. Our destinies converged for the first time then When Indians first came here more than three centuries ago. We continued to inspire each other during our freedom struggle. And thus, our ‘Khoon Ka Rishta’ (Blood Relationship) ‘Dil Ka Rishta’ It’s done,” he said.

He said, “It is no surprise that the founders of independent Mauritius chose March 12 to celebrate the most important day for their nation – the Independence Day of Mauritius – as a tribute to the Father of our Nation – Mahatma Gandhi.” ,

“To this day, both our countries stand shoulder to shoulder as independent nations in good and bad times. Our relationship has grown from strength to strength over the decades, whether it is securing the shared waters of the Indian Ocean together, or our shared Whether it is enhancing our capabilities across sectors, connecting our economies and our people, or supporting each other on global platforms,” Murmu said.

The metro project, the new ENT hospital, the new Supreme Court building, the 8 MW solar power plant and many other India-assisted development projects are all visible symbols of India’s commitment to the well-being of Mauritians, he said.

“On the historic date of March 12, when I attend your National Day as the Chief Guest, and when the flag of Mauritius is hoisted on the Champs de Mars along with the Indian Tricolor, I would pray that our special May the relationship continue to flourish in times to come,” she said.

published by:

Sahil Sinha

Published on:

March 12, 2024