NRIs have been presented with the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman’
Closing Day on Jan 09, 2007
New Delhi, Jan 09, 2007
Col. Har krishan
Dr. Kalam exhorted, President
request NRIs to work closely to create a better India
The Three Day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas meet drew to a close here
this evening with the presentation of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman to
fifteen distinguished overseas Indians by the President Dr. A.P.J.
In his valedictory address the President Dr. Kalam exhorted overseas
Indians to work closely to create a better India in the future.
Unveiling his ideas for close networking and connectivity, Dr. Kalam
mooted ‘World Technology Platform – A Mission’
which would integrate the core competences of partner countries
to develop knowledge products and also enable joint design, development
and cost effective production and marketing of knowledge products
of various domains. Detailing his vision for India to become a developed
nation by 2020, the President envisaged the creation of two global
human resources cadre – one constituting youth with high quality
education and research while the other with world class skill-set
for gainfully employed in the manufacturing and services sector.
Congratulating the Overseas Indians, Dr. Kalam said that PBD-2007
integrates the 25 million overseas Indians who are constantly maintaining
their umbilical connectivity with their motherland.
Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Shri Vayalar Ravi announced
the setting up of a single window Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre
for investment advisory services. Promising to have this Centre
in place before PBD-2008, the Minister also announced the launching
of Central Council of Overseas Employment in the context of overseas
Indian workers. Welcoming the new ideas that would constitute initiatives
in the field of health, education, agriculture, as well as approaches
to address the issues pertaining to the youth and women, Shri Ravi
said that the Ministry would soon finalise the policy framework
for establishing a PIO University in a Special Economic Zone under
the UGC Act.
Observing PBD-2007 as an effective institutional platform for constructive
engagement of overseas Indians with India, Shri Vayalar Ravi underlined
the need for exploring partnership opportunities for overseas Indian
communities for effectively pooling in their knowledge, experiences
and resources in India’s development effort.
Fifteen overseas Indians who have distinguished themselves in different
walks of life have been presented with the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya
Samman’ awards. The details of the awardees are as follows.
Mr. Gopal Raju, USA (Media), Lord Diljit Rana, UK (Business), Mr.
Dave Sukhdip Singh Hayer, Canada (Public Affairs), Dr. M. Anirudhan,
USA (Business), Mr. Billy Nair, South Africa (Public Affairs), Mr.
Pheroze Nowrojee, Kenya (Community Affairs), Mr. Nirmal K. Sinha,
USA (Community Affairs), Tan Sri Dato Dr. K.R. Somasundram, Malaysia
(Public Affairs), Mr. Kenneth S. Benjamin, Jamaica (Business), Mr.
Sibabrata Roy, Germany (Community Affairs), Mr. Syed M. Salahuddin,
UAE (Business), Dr. B.R. Shetty, UAE (Business), Sir Moti Tikaram,
Fiji (Public Affairs), Dr. Abdool Magid Abdool Karim Vakil, Portugal
(Business) and Dr. P. Jayaraman, USA (Culture).
This year’s edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is the 5th
in its series, which bringing together about 1500 overseas Indians
as delegates from 50 different countries. Those present in the dais
include Prof. S. Jayakumar, Dy. Prime Minister of Singapore, Shri
A. R. Kidwai, Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Nirmal Singh, Secretary,
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and Shri Seshasayee of CII
Ahluwalia invite NRI experts for 11th Five Year Plan
The Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia
today invited the experts in Indian diaspora to form a working group
and give inputs for finalizing the 11th Five Year Plan. Addressing
the delegates at "Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2007" here,
Ahluwalia said India's planning process could benefit from such
inputs. "There are many experts in Indian diaspora from which
we can get fresh and workable ideas. If there are good ideas in
any part of the world we are ready to take it," he said.
Highlighting the importance of public expenditure, Ahluwalia said,
"The public sector could play a significant role in setting
up various projects in backward areas where private sector may not
The 11th five-year plan has identified four major areas of focus-agriculture,
infrastructure, health and education. "A great deal of scope
exists for bringing huge investments in the infrastructure by the
private sector," he said. "There is a need to introduce
structural changes in the agriculture. It has not done well. "The
water crisis is more serious than the energy crisis," he added.
Improving agriculture growth in water stress condition is going
to be a major challenge.