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Dr Claude Autrey, Olivier Bancoult, Harvesh Seegoolam And Dev Virahsawmy (Posthumously) Elevated To The Rank Of GCSK

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On this 56th anniversary of Independence and 32nd anniversary of Republic, the President, in consultation with the Prime Minister, has rewarded a number of Mauritians for their contribution to the service of the nation. 4 personalities have been conferred the highest national distinction, the title of Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK). They are: Dr Louis Jean Claude Autrey for his contribution in the fields of education and science. Louis Olivier Bancoult for his invaluable contribution to the well-being of the Chagossian community. Harvesh Kumar Seegoolam for his valuable contribution in the banking sector and posthumously to Dev Virahsawmy for his contribution in the field of education, more particularly for the promotion of Mauritian Kreol and literature.

Sudhamo Lal
Sudhamo Lal

10 personalities have been elevated to the rank of Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GOSK). Anil Kumar Dip, the Commissioner of Police, and Franceau Aubret Grandcourt, the Chief Commissioner of Rodrigues, are amongst them. The 8 others are: late Éric Joseph Raoul Guimbeau, Sudhamo Lal, Noël Leung Shing, Arnaud Martin, Premode Neerunjun, Satish Purmessur, Oomar Ramtoola and Rita Venkatasawmy.

Dr Dawood Oaris and Ranjit Dowlutta are among the 8 persons who have been made Commander of the Order of the Star and Key. 15 persons were elevated to the rank of Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (OSK) and 6 others to the rank of Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK).

Here are the reactions of three of the recipients of the GCSK title at MBC

Dr Louis Jean Claude Autrey said he was very moved and delighted to receive this distinction. For him, it represents something very important, and he thanked the Mauritian State, through the President and the Prime Minister, for granting him this distinction, which is a milestone in my career. “I started at MSIRI in August 1967, and I was 20”, he declared.

Harvesh Kumar Seegoolam
Harvesh Kumar Seegoolam

The Governor of the Bank of Mauritius, Mr. Harvesh Kumar Seegoolam, would like to thank the PM for his confidence, and for him, this distinction highlights and recognizes the work that the BOM has done over the last few years. We have done a lot to preserve financial stability in the country, through stability, we have preserved confidence in the economic machinery of the country.

Loga Virahsawmy
Loga Virahsawmy

Dev Virahsawmy’s wife accepts Dev’s appointment with great pride. Dev has done a great deal for the country and has led the fight for the Creole language for many years.

Olivier Bancoult
Olivier Bancoult

Olivier Bancoult expresses his gratitude to the PM and dedicates this distinction to the Chagossian people. He accepts this recognition from the Mauritian state with pride.

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