The Indian Embassy in the United States capital, Washington D.C., played host to its first open house, which was a part of its initiative to address the concerns of Indians on issues they have with the passport, visa and OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) card.
Navtej Sarna, the new Indian Ambassador to the US, announced this campaign in December when he was addressing the Indian Americans for the first time at a reception organised by them in his honour.
It was planned at that time that apart from the Indian Embassy, all its other consulates in the US, which are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York and San Francisco, would also be hosting similar open houses every fortnight within their respective premises.
The Press Trust of India reported that on 4 January, several applicants turned up for the open house with the inclement weather conditions and short notice period unable to deter them.
Consular Wing’s senior officers were said to have personally listened to the concerns raised by the individual applicants.
The Embassy officials responded to several general issues and questions posed by the applicants, apart from the personal issues bothering them.
The news agency quotes a media release of the Indian Embassy as saying that the ‘Open House’, its brainchild, was well received by the applicants.
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