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Bihar govt to help NRIs of Bihari origin to trace their roots

patna Updated: Jan 28, 2009 09:50 IST

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NRIs of Bihari origin settled abroad for several generations, will now be able to trace their roots which might also encourage some of them to invest in the state.

Targetted at NRIs, particularly those from Fiji, Surinam and Mauritius whose forefathers migrated there as indentured labourers, the 'Trace Your Roots', package has been formulated by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) in association with the Bihar Foundation, headed by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, chairperson and Managing Director of BSTDC, Rashmi Verma, told PTI.

The Foundation would arrange 'research facilities' for NRIs interested in knowing about the place of origin of their ancestors, Verma, who is also the Principal Secretary of the Tourism department, said.

NRIS coming to the state in search of their roots, would be given a complete package including food, lodging and travel, she said.

Hoping that the scheme would also give a fillip to tourism in the state, she said "the idea is to give an incentive to NRIs to come to Bihar and at the same time give a fresh impetus to the sector."

And, this may have a positive impact on the investment front too as the NRIS could also think of investing in the state, Verma said.

She said last December the State Tourism department and the Corporation had set up a special counter at a NRI meet in Chennai where people of Bihari origin, particularly those from Fiji, Surinam and Mauritius had shown enthusiasm in inquiring about their roots.