Dual citizenship to NRN debate held in London
Non Resident Nepalis (NRN) in UK have claimed that they should be provided dual citizenship certificate to invest in Nepal without any hesitation. They have also concluded that the lack of dual citizenship has impeded the flow of investment to the home country by the NRN community. Speaking at an interaction program organized in London by NRN UK chapter, President Kul Acharya claimed that the target of 1 billion rupees for investment in hydro electricity could be met in the UK if the dual citizenship is granted to the NRN community. Acharya said that NRN community is committed for the investment and the dual citizenship provision could be effective way to lure the investment back to the country. He also accused the government for undermining the role of former Gurkhas in the economic development by depriving them from merely a paper document. Likewise, Nepali Congress Central Committee member Arjun Prashad Joshi said that Congress was positive on granting the dual citizenship to the NRN people. He also stressed the need of utilizing NRN people’s skills, capacity and resource for the development of the country. Patron of the NRN UK Chapter and Professor Surya Subedi argued that NRN wants to ensure that their Nepali citizenship would not be terminated while accepting the citizenship of other country but the parties have misunderstood their desires.
Likewise, Nepal’s Ambassador to the UK Suresh Chandra Chalise informed that the embassy couldn’t let the NRN chapter to establish its help desk in the embassy due to the embassy’s confidentiality, structural problems and space constraints. He also assured the embassy’s support to the NRN community.
Also in the program convened under the chair of NRN UK President Acharya, Journalist from BBC Bhagirath Yogi underlined the need of support from the Diaspora journalist and Nepali journalist to address the issue of investment, dual citizenship and other issues related to the NRN community. He also said make a commitment for supporting the charity show going to be held for the Journalist Welfare Fund.
Meanwhile, the meeting of the NRN UK chapter has made an appeal for all to support for its charity show going to be held on January 6 for establishing the Journalist Welfare Fund.
Likewise, it has also decided to organize a program on March 9 to mark Women’s Day, hold general convention on September 8, Charity Dinner on July 29.
The NRN UK chapter will also distribute new membership from January 6 onwards, according to the Spokesperson of the Chapter Jib Belbase.