New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention 2021 on 9 January. The Convention will be held virtually and the theme is “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention is the flagship event of the Ministry of External Affairs and provides an important platform to engage and connect with overseas Indians.
The three segments convention will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi and will feature a keynote address by the Chief Guest, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President of the Republic of Suriname.
As per the PMO press release, the Inaugural session will be followed by the two Plenary sessions. The first Plenary on Role of Diaspora in Aatmanirbhar Bhara, 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.
President Ram Nath Kovind will deliver his 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 honor their contributions to various fields, both in India and abroad.
The Youth PBD will also be celebrated virtually on the theme “Bringing together Young Achievers from India and Indian Diaspora” on 8 January 202, and will be anchored by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Special Guest for the event is Priyanka Radhakrishnan, Minister for Community & Voluntary Sector of New Zealand.