Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons administers oath of office to GOPIO-CT 2022 team


The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) Connecticut Chapter had organized a launch event to commemorate its activities for the year 2022 on Friday, March 4 at the Stamford Hampton Inn and Suites.

Indian Consul General Randhir Kumar Jaiswal had honored the event as the Chief Guest, who inaugurated several activities of the organization like Women’s Mentoring Network, Future 5, Children’s Learning Center, Building One Community, Grassroots of Norwalk/Stamford and Stamford Public Library.

Also present was India’s Deputy Consul General in New York, Dr. Varun Jeph.

During the event, Stamford’s Mayor Caroline Simmons was invited to administer the oath-taking ceremony. While addressing the crowd of eminent members of the community, Simmons mentioned, “GOPIO is a very important service organization for Stamford.”

Delegations of GOPIO together with Mayor Simmons discussed several ideas to make Stanford a central point of attraction from students and businesses from India. For this the Mayor endorsed and thanked GOPIO-CT for this effort.

Simmons also said that Stamford is looking for Indian companies to set up business outfits and that her administration will look into assigning a Cricket Field in Stamford to serve new immigrant groups from cricket playing countries.

“New immigrant groups have always enriched Stamford,” Simmons added.

Dr. Thomas Abraham, the International Chairman of GOPIO, talked about GOPIO-CT’s several activities the organization has undertaken and accomplished successfully.

“Of all 100+ GOPIO chapters worldwide, GOPIO-CT is number one in organizing the largest number of activities in the last several years and complimented the chapter officials for their new initiatives every year, adding new programs in its schedule.

The new team that was introduced included several well-established members of the society headed by Ashok Nichani as President.

GOPIO-CT Treasurer Srinivas Akarappu introduced the Chief Guest Consul General Jaiswal who in his remarks complimented GOPIO-CT for its outstanding list of activities every year.

“We have met Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and now Mayor Simmons, and the Consulate will interact with them for attracting Indian businesses to Connecticut and American businesses to India,” said Consul General Jaiswal. He also said that the US-Indian relations are still going strong with cooperation in several areas.

Mahesh Jhangiani, the Joint Secretary of GOPIO highlighted the major events planned for this year which include a seminar in Venture Capital Opportunities in April, Holi Festival of Color at Mill River Park in April, the signature event the Annual Awards Banquet in June, and many more.