Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj were also present in the event. This event was held in PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency of Varanasi.
On this event, PM Modi stated about the International Solar Alliance (ISA)-
“Through this medium, we want to take the world towards One World, One Sun, One Grid.”
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is a celebratory day observed on 9 January by the Republic of India. In 2015, it was started to celebrate this day marking the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the growth of India. Also, this day memorializes the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on January 9, 1915.
However, it is the first time that this three-day-long convention is being organized from January 21 to 23 rather than January 9 because it will help participants to visit the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj as well as they can attend the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office reported that this year’s convention is centered on the theme ‘Role of the Indian diaspora in building new India’. The Chief Guest of the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention is the Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth who arrived in Delhi on Sunday on a nine-day visit, and member of Parliament of Norway Himanshu Gulati will be the special guest. Moreover, Pravind Jugnauth surprised the guests when he delivered his keynote address in the Hindi Language.
Speaking on this occasion, Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister said that image of India as a powerful country improved leaps & bounds due to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Moreover, she remembered Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister for starting Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said,
“In past 4.5 years, our government has given around Rs. 5 lakh 78 thousand crores directly to people through different schemes. We have transferred it to their bank accounts.”
Further, PM Modi spoke about the accomplishments of the External Affairs ministry in easing passport procurement facilities. He said that Indian embassies across the world have now been connected with Passport Sewa.
“Our embassies and consulates across the world are being connected with Passport Sewa Projects. It will prepare a centralized system for passport related services… We are also working towards issuing chip-based e-passports,” he added.
Also, PM Modi declared a Pravasi Teerth Yojana to benefit Indians not only in the country but also across the world.
It is expected that the Prime Minister to meet his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth on the sidelines of the event.