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Sumitra Mahajan praises Indian diaspora for their contributions

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

Auckland, Sep 26 (UITV)- Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan met and interacted with the thriving Indian diaspora members in Auckland and praised their immense contributions.

Ms. Mahajan, who is leading an Indian parliamentary delegation to New Zealand, said that the increasingly beneficial presence of the Indian community in New Zealand and its purposive contribution to their host nation’s society and economy has earned laurels not only for them but also to the country of their origin.

The 170,000 Indians living in New Zealand contribute five per cent to the New Zealand economy.

“I identify you as Indians and then as Kiwi-Indians as you live and represent the Indian fraternity in New Zealand. Together, we have to prosper, we will have to share our resources and help each other grow, both economically and culturally,” said Mahajan.

During their visit, the Indian delegation was also treated to a colorful cultural programme that was organized by New Zealand Indian Central Association (NZICA) in association with Auckland Indian Association (AIA) and other sub-organizations.

She urged all Indians, staying in New Zealand, to work hard and contribute meaningfully in their respective areas, saying they should shoulder dual responsibility of being well-wishers of India as well as to further the interests of India and New Zealand.

Around 300 community members were present at the event. Mahajan was presented with the Early Indian Settlers book by NZICA President Bhikhu Bhana and the Mahatma Gandhi Centre Silver Jubilee book by AIA President Parshottam Govind.