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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on January 07, 2007 to connect more than 25 million NRIs

New Delhi, Dec 21, 2006
Col. Gurbax Singh


NRI, The Overseas Indian Affairs Minister, Shri Vayalar Ravi said here today that Prof. S. Jayakumar, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore will be the Chief Guest of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2007. Shri Dato S Samy Vellu, Cabinet Minister of Works, Government of Malaysia and President, Malaysian Indian Congress will be leading large Malaysian delegation for PBD. He also informed that some notable names, who have since confirmed for PBD are; Shri. Sam Pitroda, Chairman Knowledge Commission, Shri. Apurv Bagri, Chairman Tie, UK, Dr. Denison Jaisurya, Executive Director Social Strategic and Shri. Dato G Palanivel, Deputy Minister of Women, Family & Community Development, Government of Malaysia.

Shri Ravi further said that the Prime Minister of India will inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 7 January 2007 and it will culminate with valedictory address and conferment of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award by Rashtrapatiji on 9 January 2007. Both these sessions will also be held at Vigyan Bhawan. The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has negotiated highly reasonable rates for hotel accommodation in Delhi. For example, single room is available in Hotel Taj Palace @ 120 US dollar. Delhi Government has also waived of the luxury tax for the delegates who are registering on-line, he added.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is the annual flagship event of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. The event aims to connect more than 25 million overseas Indians and to bring the expertise and knowledge of the Indian overseas community to India and integrating it into India’s development process. The forthcoming PBD is being organized with the institutional partnership of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi is the state partner. Venues for forthcoming PBD will be Vigyan Bhawan for the conference and exhibition and Talkatora Stadium for cultural evenings.

Theme of the Fifth PBD is ‘Rooting for the roots – Meeting India’s Social development Challenges’ with the objective to encourage Overseas Indians to be part of the socio-economic development of India. The focus will be on social areas and issues. The Union governments and State governments will be fully involved in the sessions so that participants can directly interact with government representatives and address their concerns and have exposure to the government’ programmes for the common man and how they could be involved in these.The focus areas are Education, Healthcare, Women, Youth, Investment. There will be 30 sessions on variety of topics where a large number of Speakers from India as well as Diaspora Countries are going to participate. There will be Regional Sessions on Gulf, USA, Canada, South, South East and East Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia Pacific and Caribbean.

NRI, 5th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held at New Delhi, on January 7-9, 2007

New Delhi, Oct. 07, 2006
Ashok Aggarwal
NRI press

NRI, 5th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held on January 7-9, 2007 at New Delhi, India. This gathering will be officiated by the Indian Prime Minister on 7th Jan and the closing session is by the Indian President.

The Delhi Government will waive the 12.5 percent luxury tax on hotel tariff for delegates attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. It is expected to be attended by around 2,000 NRI delegates and will focus on education, healthcare, women, youth and investment.It is organized by the ministry of overseas Indian affairs (MOIA) in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the government of the national capital territory of Delhi.

NRI (Overseas Indian Affairs) Minister Vayalar Ravi said, " It's a young India, it's an emerging India, it's a developing nation. No matter your qualification, status or resources, we are all Indians and can avail of the opportunities here. Let's work together, focus together and progress together. I look forward to receive you and see you participate in the fifth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas."

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is focused to highlight networking opportunities and collaborating them to confer a mutual developing platform. Generating this synergy to excel together towards a bright India along with the Indian overseas community is what Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2007 proclaims with its head held high. Vigyan Bhawan, the Conference Centre for PBD 2007, offers facilities that can compete with the best in any corner of the world. Built in 1956, Vigyan Bhawan has been the venue for many international summits, seminars and conferences, attended by distinguished world leaders and dignitaries

One official said that we want the registrations to be submitted early. If registration is done before 30 Nov. 2006 then the registration fees is USD 200 but from Dec 1, 2006 it will be USD 250. Every year we have difficulties as many submit on the last day and therefore it is difficult to get the badges and conference files ready.

In 2006, the first Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card was issued that allows its holder free access to India and gives him all rights except political privileges. The government has issued 59,600 OCI cards so far.