Friday, January 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Mixed response to citizenship offer
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 9
The government’s announcement to offer dual citizenship to PIOs of certain countries evoked a mixed response from the potential beneficiaries.

A first generation NRI, who was among those who was here in the Capital for the largest-ever congregation of the Indian diaspora said today’s announcement would have negligible impact on persons such as him if he was not granted equal rights and opportunities as enjoyed by ordinary Indian citizens. The Foreign Secretary, Mr Kanwal Sibal, however, downplayed the business angle to the issue on the grounds that already there were a number of schemes for attracting investment in India from overseas corporate bodies run by NRIs.

Former Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, who originally hails from Rohtak in Haryana, however, felt that several non-entrepreneurial benefits would also accrue from the dual citizenship status.

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