[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] The High Commission of India in Georgetown, Guyana, in conjunction with the Government of India has launched a special program to give older generations an opportunity to visit India and reconnect with their roots. Here are excerpts from Stabroek News:
The programme is available to all persons of Indian origin, aged 45 to 65 years old, who have never been to India previously and fall within the low income category.
The Special Know India Programmes (KIPs) referred to as Pravasi Teerath Darshan Yojana will be held in India for 22 days with partner states, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, from January 19, 2019 to February 10, 2019, which coincides with the Annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention for which applicants would also have to register for. The second KIP will be organised from January 31, 2019 to February 16, 2019.
The Government of India will assume all costs for boarding, lodging, visas and 90 per cent of the economy-class return air-ticket for the selected participants. [. . .]
The KIP in the past was only available to youths between 18 to 30 years old. [. . .]
When filling out the application form the applicant should indicate his or her order of preference for the KIPs.
Peter Jordens notes: The Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India is organizing these two special Know India Programmes (KIP) for the elder generation (45-65 years of age) in the Indian diaspora for the first time. According to the special KIP Guidelines, these special programmes are available to seven Girmitiya countries: Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Reunion Island. [Girmityas are descendants of indentured Indian labourers. Girmitiya literally means ‘agreement’, referring to the ‘Agreement’ of the British Government with the Indian indentured labourers as to their length of stay abroad and when they would be allowed to go back to India. [Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girmityas.]
For Stabroek News article, see https://www.stabroeknews.com/2018/news/guyana/10/19/india-giving-older-guyanese-chance-to-connect-with-roots
The article is based on the press release by the High Commission of India in Georgetown, https://www.hcigeorgetown.org/pdf/PRESS_RELEASE_KIP_oct16_2018.pdf.
Also see the announcements by the High Commission of India in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, http://www.hcipos.gov.in/alert_detail.php?newsid=141 and the Embassy of India in Paramaribo, Suriname, https://www.indembassysuriname.gov.in/announcement_detail.php?nid=186.