Trinidad and Tobago PM to visit ancestral Bihar village

December 30th, 2011 - 6:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Navinchandra Ramgoolam Patna, Dec 30 (IANS) Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, whose ancestors migrated from Bihar to the Caribbean islands in the 19th century, will visit the state’s Bhelupur village in January to trace her roots, officials said Friday.

An official in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s office said that Persad-Bissessar will visit Bhelupur in Itarhi block of Buxar district, about 125 km from here, Jan 11.

Her ancestors are said to have migrated as Girmitiya labourers to Trinidad and Tobago, then a British colony in the Caribbean islands.

According to officials, Persad-Bissessar, the first woman prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, will also meet her relatives during her visit.

“The district authorities have been making full preparations to welcome her and provide all possible comfort,” Buxar sub divisional magistrate Nishitha Verma told IANS over phone.

Verma said a team of district officials visited Bhelupur Wednesday to take stock of the road conditions and work on a helipad for landing of her chopper.

Four years ago, Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam had visited his ancestral village in the state’s Bhojpur district, about 60 km from here, in search of his roots.

A large number of people from Bihar migrated to Mauritius, Fiji, Trinidad, Suriname, South Africa and other places in the 19th century to serve as indentured labourers on sugarcane and rubber plantations.

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