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In virtual session with GOPIO, NY Consulate details serving community in time of corona

New York: India’s Consul General in New York, Sandeep Chakravorty initiated and led a virtual session with GOPIO leaders on April 3. Several GOPIO Life Members and Chapter Presidents participated, raised questions and provided suggestions to provide support for the NRI/PIO community in the TriState area in this critical Coronovirus time.

Ambassador Chakravorty detailed how the Indian Consulate has been helping the community as well as Indian students and visitors who are stuck in the US because of the lock down. GOPIO chapters highlighted their activities during the lockdown period especially arranging online webinars and helping the community including senior citizens. There were several questions to the consulate officials on when the Indian visitors can return back to India and lifting of travel ban of OCI card holders. The Consul General said that it would take several weeks to get back to normalcy on these issues.

“During these times of social distancing, there is a tendency for our people to feel isolated and depressed. So, we are hosting these online sessions with our community to keep them informed and engaged… And, we look to GOPIO and other local Indian organizations to join us in these efforts to provide different types of support to our overseas Indian community,” said Amb. Chakravorty.

Present at the virtual session from the Consulate were: Deputy Consul General Shatrughna Sinha, Consul for Political and POC Mr. Vipul Mesariya and Community Affairs Consul A.K. Vijayakrishnan.

GOPIO officials included its Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham, Vice President Ram Gadhavi, Secretary Dr. Rajeev Mehta, International Coordinator Dr. Asha Samant, Media Council Chair Jasbir “Nami” Kaur, and NY chapter President Beena Kothari.

GOPIO Chairman Dr. Abraham said that GOPIO members and chapter officials are ready to help those in need. “GOPIO through its chapters has been providing services to those students and visitors from India who are stuck in many countries,” said Dr. Abraham.

GOPIO health professionals Dr. Rajeev Mehta, Dr. Asha Samant, Dr. Vimal Goyle and Dr. Lisa George offered their services for Indian visitors who have been stuck in the New York area. As a service to the health professionals, GOPIO-CT is taking an initiative to supply N95 masks to Connecticut hospitals.

The Indian Consulate plans several other online interactive sessions covering talks by eminent persons, webinar on important topics, musical events and children’s activities.

For consulate programming, follow their Facebook page @indiainnewyork. Consulate website: www.indiainnewyork.gov.

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