Delhi to host Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2007

New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) The fifth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) - the annual conclave of the Indian diaspora - will be held in the Indian capital from Jan 7 to 9, 2007, it was announced Thursday.

Thursday, September 28, 2006 | 4:13:01 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) The fifth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) - the annual conclave of the Indian diaspora - will be held in the Indian capital from Jan 7 to 9, 2007, it was announced Thursday.

Around 2,000 delegates from across the world are expected to attend the three-day event, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said his ministry, which is organising the event, would have the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as its institutional partner. The government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi will be the partner state.

Officially unveiling the logo of the 2007 edition of PBD, Ravi said education, health, youth, women and investment would be the focus of the event.

'We'll also hold a conference of parliamentarians of Indian origin in the course of the event,' the minister said.

This apart, there will also be separate sessions to deal with issues of the Indian diaspora living in the Gulf, Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, Canada and the US.

'We expect the delegates to raise a number of issues and we intend to address them.'

Asked about the achievements from the last PBD held in Hyderabad in January this year, Ravi said the Overseas Indian Citizenship (OIC) card scheme was launched and an agreement has been signed with the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) for improving rural healthcare in India.

A remittance service for non-resident Indians (NRIs) has also been launched while a campaign is being carried out to sensitise people about marriage with overseas Indians.

Ravi said the amount of the Pravasi Bharatiya Bima Yojana insurance scheme for Indians emigrating has been increased to Rs.500,000.

CII mentor Tarun Das said his organisation has for long been having international networks and partnerships.

By partnering with the ministry of overseas Indian affairs (MOIA) in holding the 2007 event, Das said CII would be able to carry forward its international agenda.

The diaspora conclave will also have a number of plenary sessions focusing on diverse issues like the role of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) in promoting India's image abroad, partnership opportunities with Indian states and leveraging technology for development.

There will also be a number of exhibitions and functions showcasing the art and cultural heritage and cuisines of India.

The event will culminate with President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam attending the valedictory session on Jan 9 and the presentation of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards.

Copyright : Indo-Asian News Service
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