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GOPIO Officials Engage with Indian Consulate in New York on April 3, 2020

April 7, 2020

GOPIO Interactive Webinar with Amb. Sanddep ChakravortyNew York City, N.Y.  – April 7, 2020 – Several officials of GOPIO, the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (www.gopio.net), together with the leaders at the Indian Consulate of New York had an engaging interactive session via Zoom online video conferencing technology on April 3, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST. 

India’s Consul General in New York, Sandeep Chakravorty, joined by Deputy Consul General Shatrugna Sinha. initiated and led an interactive session with GOPIO leaders and members. Several GOPIO Life Members and Chapter Presidents participated, raised questions and provided suggestions to provide support for our NRI/PIO community in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut TriState area through these Coronovirus times.

Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty hosted the online interactive session for GOPIO Life Members and GOPIO chapter presidents and members including GOPIO youth. Other officials from the Indian Consulate present at the interactive session included Deputy Consul General Shatrugna Sinha, Consul for Political and POC Mr. Vipul Mesariya and Community Affairs Consul A.K. Vijayakrishnan. GOPIO International 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, GOPIO-New York President Beena Kothari, GOPIO-CT President Ashok Nichani, GOPIO-Central Jersey official Kunal Mehta, GOPIO Manhattan officials and several other chapter officials.

Consul General Chakravorty gave a brief description of the Indian Consulate functioning and how it has been helping the Indian American community as well as Indian students and visitors who are stuck in the US because of lock down due to Coronavirus. 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. Consul General Chakravorty 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 CGI Chakravorty.

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. The CG provided the links below to stay informed and attend the online activities planned by the Consulate.

The following text messages were exchanged by the CGI New York with Everyone during the Online Chat at this session:

All program details are available on our Facebook, Instagram and official website, twitter

Please follow us on our Facebook page @indiainnewyork.

You will see all consulate programming there. Also please see the Consulate website www.indiainnewyork.gov.in  

This interactive online session was a big hit with the GOPIO attendees, as expressed by individual expressions of appreciation and kudos for the Consulate initiative and offers to be of service going forward. GOPIO Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham and Media Chair Ms. Nami Jasbir Kaur officially thanked the CG Amb,. Chakravorty on behalf of GOPIO and committed to stay engaged in such joint community communications.

About GOPIO International

GOPIO – Global Organization of People of Indian Origin

GOPIO is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, secular organization. GOPIO’s volunteers are committed to enhancing cooperation and communication between NRIs/PIOs, building bonds, friendships, alliances, and the camaraderie of citizens and colleagues alike.  GOPIO volunteers believe that when they help network the global Indian community, they facilitate making tomorrow a better world for the Indian Diaspora.

GOPIO publishes a very informative monthly newsletter. Interested persons can receive free of charge at www.gopio.net  or by request email to:gopio@optonline.net or by calling +1-203-329-8010 (USA).

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