96198Stop treating us like garbage: Indians to mission in London
- Jun 25, 2014Source: Times of IndiaURL: http://mobiletoi.timesofindia.com/mobile.aspx?article=yes&pageid=20§id=edid=&edlabel=CAP&mydateHid=13-05-2014&pubname=Times+of+India+-+Delhi&edname=&articleid=Ar02003&publabel=TOIDate: 13.5.14
Stop treating us like garbage: Indians to mission inLondon
London: Upset over discourtesy by staff at the Indian High Commission here,over 2,500 Indians have petitioned the mission to be polite to their countrymen and not treat them like garbage.
A petition titled Stop Treating Indians Like Garbage ! launched earlier this month on Change.org by an Indian IT professional has gathered over 2,894 signatures so far and resulted in securing a meeting with Indian diplomats at India House here this week.
While the Indian High Commission pointed out that it has already taken steps such as setting up of a Public Response Unit to coordinate its response and hold a monthly Open House to address grievances,a key students organization has now raised concerns over lack of engagement with them.
The National Indian Students Union UK (NISU UK),which has over 14 Indian societies from universities across the country affiliated to it and campaigns on issues affecting Indian students based in Britain,is planning to raise its concerns at the upcoming meeting.NISU UK appreciates the Indian High Commissions steps forward in reaching out to students and the immigration issue that they are facing.We are,however,taken aback by the lack of effort on its part to forge the necessary relationship with NISU, the group said in a statement on Monday.
Meanwhile,the online petition addressed to the High Commission in London and the ministry of external affairs and the ministry of overseas affairs inIndia ,calls for a change to an online ticketing system to reduce long queues.
It further states: Stop abusing pregnant ladies and senior citizens in particular.Update your website with latest information rather than expecting citizens to guess changes that are stuck on a piece of paper out on the wall of the consulate every week.Stop throwing documents back in peoples faces.Suspend officers who cannot treat people with respect
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