Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, Connecting Indian Diaspora Globally
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The annual global convention for the Indian diaspora, 14th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 was held in Bengaluru from January 7 to 9 with a record participation since its inception.

Dr. Antnio Costa, Prime Minister of the Republic of Portugal will be the chief guest.

Mr. Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin, Vice President of the Republic of Suriname will be the Special Guest.

The theme of 2017 PBD was “Redefined Engagement with Indian Diaspora”.


Why is it celebrated ?

The PBS convention is held on January 9th each year to commemorate the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in 1915. It is celebrated to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of the country.

PBD is an annual event organized since 2003 by Ministry of External Affairs to foster greater interaction between the Indian Diaspora and Indian government.


Highlights of Event:

The three- day event started with the Youth PBD, the theme of which was 'Role of Diaspora Youth in the Transformation of India'

The PM urged the diaspora community to switch from their PIO (Person if Indian Origin) cards to OCI (Overseas citizenship of India) cards.

The deadline forPIOcard conversions toOCIhas also been extended to June 30, 2017, without any penalty.

Annual remittance from overseas Indians stood at over $69 billionwith Indiareceiving more expat cash than any other country in the world.

The President concluded the Convention with conferring of thePravasi Bhartiya Samman Awards.

Conclusion ; PBS provides a very important and single platform for engagement of Indian diaspora, states government and union government to put forth their issues and grievances in turn government can acknowledgethem for nation strengthening resources globally.

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