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Nivruti Rai: Dual Citizen
First Recipient of India’s Dual Citizenship Sees Greater Role for NRIs


Nivruti Rai, Lucknow-born NRI and a top functionary with the Global IT major Intel, happens to be the first NRI to receive the dual citizenship from the Indian government. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh presented the much-vouched privilege on her, which exercise is expected to run in the direction of cementing the bond between the peoples of India and their non-resident brethren.

Ms. Rai, who took part in the three-day 4th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas event held in Hyderabad, told, sharing her views on the developing aspects of the country. She said she felt glad at the great things happening in India at the outset of the new year 2006, to start with the Kalachakra and the Indian Science Congress. “I wish the PBD conference would spell a new meaning for the whole of our country,” she observed. 

She said after finishing her M.Sc (Statistics) in Lucknow, she left for the United States where she completed post-graduation in two other subjects in the Humanities and Applied Sciences. Later, she joined the Intel Group as an ordinary worker. “It was my hard work and dedication to my profession that placed me today in a position where I stand with ideas for future.” “When you go ahead with enthusiasm at your work, come what may, the same thing would be beneficial to you in the longer run. It would enhance your credibility in a working culture.” She said she had worked on various subjects and presented twelve research papers along with application modules. Now, she got patent rights on five of them. 
The philosophy of work with zeal made her complete her 12 years of unstinted service with the Intel in the United States. “Now, the management has posted me in Bangalore with a responsible position, which alone is my goal.” “I am coming to Hyderabad for the first time, but at the same time it is one of the most memorable events in my life. That I received the dual citizenship from none other than the Prime Minister Dr. Singhji.” She observed that this step would bring in a new meaning in the relationship between the government and the NRI populace around the world. Further, it would help a great deal in expanding the vistas of the opportunities for the NRIs to invest in India. 
Referring to her family life, she said her husband too works with Intel and the couple has two kids a son (12) and a daughter (8). “We share the responsibility of grooming our kids. Our company management too looks after the welfare of the employees’ families.” 



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