PM to Inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention
New Delhi: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention on Saturday. The PBD Convention is the flagship event of the Ministry of External Affairs providing an important platform to engage and connect with the overseas Indians.
The Convention will be held in virtual format. The theme of 16th PBD Convention 2021 is “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat”. The keynote address will be delivered by the President of the Republic of Surinam Chandrikapersad Santokhi. The winners of the online Bharat ko Janiye Quiz for the youth will also be announced.
The Inaugural session will be followed by the two plenary sessions. The first plenary on Role of Diaspora in Aatmanirbhar Bharat, will feature addresses by External Affairs Minister and Commerce and Industry Minister while the second plenary on Facing Post Covid Challenges – Scenario in Health, Economy, Social and International Relations, will be addressed by Minister of Health and Minister of State for External Affairs. Both plenaries will feature panel discussions inviting eminent diaspora experts.
The finale would be the valedictory session where the President Ram Nath Kovind will deliver the valedictory address to mark the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The names of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees for 2020-21 will also be announced. Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards are conferred to select Indian diaspora members to recognize their achievements and honour their contributions to various fields, both in India and abroad. The Youth PBD was also be celebrated virtually on the theme “Bringing together Young Achievers from India and Indian Diaspora” on Friday.