Pune is all set to become the headquarters of nine units of NRI parents’ organisations in the country as NRI Parents Organisation (NRIPO),Pune,has taken an initiative to form a confederation of all these units functioning at Ahmedabad,Baroda,Aurangabad,Nagpur,Mumbai,Coimbatore,Bangalore and Chandigarh. Around 2,000 NRI families are members of these nine units in India,of which more than 650 are from Pune followed by Gujarat.
While the process of registering the confederation – CONRIPO is in progress,We will be able to voice our opinions and pursue various international issues concerning NRIs on a common united platform, said Nandkumar Swadi,president,NRIPO -Pune. Harish Bhargava,president,CONRIPO,said that Pune being the oldest and largest organisation of NRI parents,the confederation will function from the city.
In the ongoing issue of racist attacks on Australian students,NRIPO has written to the Prime Ministers office,external affairs ministry and the Australian Embassy in Delhi suggesting that Australia must take responsibility of the attacks and provide free medical treatment to the victims. Similar issues can be tackled more efficiently once CONRIPO is formed, Swadi said.
Since its formation in 1994,NRIPO has displayed its activism when there were instances of NRI murders in USA and UK last year,9/11 twin tower attack,convincing senior citizens to vote during elections and so on. Some of our members include former UGC chairman Arun Nigavekar,scientists Jayant Naralikar and Raghunath Mashelkar, Swadi said. While NRIPO has already signed a MoU with Brihan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM),a consortium of Maharashtra Mandals abroad,for information exchange during natural calamities and other crisis situations,the organisation is also looking for a tie-up with Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) that has presence in Australia,UK,USA and Europe.
In most terror attacks and calamities it becomes difficult to contact our children from India,while it is easier for locals to contact each other. With this in mind,affiliation with GOPIO will help us in getting representatives in foreign countries,Swadi said.