A large number of Indian citizens whose children are OCI (overseas citizen of India) card holders and several people of Indian origin having the card are unable to travel to India, even for emergency reasons, because of the temporary suspension of their long-term visa.
"This is step-motherly treatment with people of Indian origin and against the very ethos and spirit behind it," said Jaipur Foot USA chairman Prem Bhandari.
"India's top leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Home Minister Amit Shah, are personally aware about it and they have no doubt whatsoever about the Indianness of the overseas Indian community," Muraleedharan said in response to a question.
"I understand the agony of the OCI cardholders. Please do not have any ill will," he added while assuring the participants that the prime minister will take appropriate decision on this issue soon.
Muraleedharan urged the diaspora to invest in India given the opportunity to be offered by the major economic reforms announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the wake of the coronavirus
crisis. "Perhaps, India has never had such an economic reform," he added.