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Overseas Indian Professionals (NRIS) to be allowed to practise in India

Published on: Tuesday, 13th January 2009 03:37 AM     By      Administrator

Chennai, Jan.8 India will soon allow overseas Indian professionals to practise in India, announced the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.

Addressing the inaugural of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – 2009, the Prime Minister said that OCI (Overseas Indian Citizens) card holders who are qualified professionals — doctors, dentists, pharmacists, engineers, architects and chartered accountants — would be able to practise their professions here. The details of the scheme are being worked out.

The decision follows the overwhelming response to the Overseas Indian Citizenship scheme announced in 2006.

Dr Singh also launched the Global Indian Knowledge Network, a portal to connect people of Indian origin in a variety of disciplines to users here at the national, state and local levels.

This is to facilitate knowledge transfer and act as a virtual think-tank on development, education and healthcare.

Dr Singh lauded the role of people of Indian origin in supporting development here. The Indian community in the US had played a key role in lifting the restrictions to end India’s nuclear isolation. The role of the Indian origin communities is growing in shaping public policy and opinion across the world.

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