Issues with OCI cards in Reunion Island resolved: PM Modi in France
During his visit to France, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the issues regarding the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards in Reunion Island have been resolved.
He said that OCI cards are being issued there and the Indian government is now trying to resolve the issue in Martinique and Guadeloupe.
While interacting with the Indian community at La Seine Musicale in Paris, PM Modi said: "Every Indian living abroad is as much a priority for us as my countryman living in India.
“A few years back, when NITI Aayog was formed, we gave a proper place to the potential and contribution of the Indian diaspora. I am happy to say that the issues regarding OCI cards in Reunion Island have been resolved now. Now, OCI cards are being issued there.
"We are also trying to resolve the issue in Martinique and Guadeloupe."
PM Modi also spoke about academics and professionals in other countries who want to know how they can relate their experience, and knowledge with India. He said that it has been made easier for academicians and professors to teach in Indian institutions.
"Very few people know that India and France are working on archaeological missions for a long time. It's expanded from Chandigarh to Ladakh. Digital infrastructure is another sector that strengthens the ties between India and France," PM Modi said.
He added that India and France are tackling many challenges of the 21st century as the bilateral strategic partnership grows.
He said: "Our people-to-people connect, mutual trust between people of two countries is the strongest foundation of the India-France partnership.
"India and France are tackling many challenges of the 21st century. Therefore, at this crucial time, the importance of the strategic partnership between our countries has increased even more."