Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (English: Non-resident Indian Day), is celebrated on 9 January each in India, to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. The day commemrates the arrival of Mahatama Gandhi in India from South Africa. Established in 2003, it is sponsored by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. The annual convent is held 7–9 January each year in an Indian city, where a forum for issues concerning the Indian Diaspora is organized and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards are given away.

At 2011, Pravasi Bhartiya Divas held in New Delhi, 1,500 delegates from 51 countries attended the convention, while the President of India gave away the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards.

History

The decision to celebrate the "Pravasi Bharatiya Divas" was taken following the recommendations of the 'High Level Committee on the Indian Diaspora' (HLC) set up by Government of India under the chairmanship of Dr. L. M. Singhvi. The Prime Minister while receiving the Report of the committee at a public function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on 8th January 2002, declared January 9 to the "Pravasi Bharatiya Divas"(PBD). The day was chosen to mark the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South...
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