Session on “Issues in the Gulf” In Pravasi Bharatiya Divas -2014

Published Date:   Thursday, Dec 12, 2013

The 12th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention, the flagship event of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, will be held in New Delhi on 7-9 January 2014. The Indians in Gulf constitute a very huge proportion of Indian diaspora. They are mostly semi-skilled and low skilled labour and the problems are more acute as compared to other destinations. Usually Gulf is a area that mostly figures in the seminar conducted in the Pravasi Bharatiya Diavs. Some organizations in the Gulf have requested for a session on the Gulf during Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) 2014 and there is a session on the gulf planned during PBD 2014. 

The Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Shri Vayalar Ravi has said in Rajya Sabha that traditionally PBDs have had sessions on the Gulf where issues relating to Indians in the Gulf were discussed

He said, PBD Conventions provide a platform for exchange of views and networking to Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non- Resident Indians (NRIs)on matters of common interest. These Conventions assist the Government of India to better understand the expectations of the Overseas Indians from the land of their ancestors and to acknowledge their role in India’s all round development and its efforts to acquire its rightful place in the comity of nations. 

The Minister said, eleven years since its inception, the PBD has grown to become a vital platform for evolving ideas, identifying actions and creating opportunities for the interaction between the home country and its overseas citizens. It is also a forum where the Government of India and various State Governments showcase investment opportunities and potential in various sectors. Separate sessions are held by State Governments in this regard to inter alia interact with potential investors. 

Source: PIB, MKP/SKM/AK, (Release ID :101291)

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