Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 7
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) on Saturday.
The keynote address will be given by the Chief Guest, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President of Suriname.
The winners of the online Bharat ko Janiye Quiz for the youth will also be announced on that day.
This year’s PBD Convention will have three segments. The inaugural session will be followed by the two plenary sessions. The first, on the role of Diaspora in Aatmanirbhar Bharat, will be addressed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goel. The second, on facing post-Covid challenges, will be addressed by Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for External Affairs V Muralidharan.
The entire convention will be held in virtual format, as were the PBD conferences held recently. The theme of the 16th PBD Convention is “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.
The finale would be President Ramnath Kovind delivering the valedictory address.
The names of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees for 2020-21 will also be announced. These are conferred to select Indian Diaspora members to recognise their achievements and honour 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 Friday and will be anchored by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
The Special Guest for the event is Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Community & Voluntary Sector of New Zealand.