Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas:NRIs are India’s brand ambassador

Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas-NRIs are India’s brand ambassadors: PM 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday described non-resident Indians as India’s brand ambassadors and said they were the symbols of the country’s capabilities. The Prime Minister was inaugurating the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Tuesday.

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Mr. Modi also alluded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s comment that only 15 paise of ₹1 reaches masses and said the Congress government had done nothing to stop the leakage. Mr. Modi added that his government had stepped in to rectify the situation. The “85 per cent loot” taking place during the Congress regime had been plugged “100 per cent” through technology, he said.

The theme of this year’s Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention is ‘Role of Indian diaspora in building new India’

“We have given about ₹5,80,000 crore to people, transferred to their bank accounts through various schemes. Imagine, if the country was being run on the older system? Then ₹4,50,000 crore would have vanished,” Mr. Modi said.

Continuing his attack on the Congress, he said efforts to stop the “leakage” could have been made earlier as well but there was no intention and will power. “Our government is moving towards ensuring that the aid given by government is directly transferred to beneficiary accounts through direct benefit schemes,” he said.

Mauritian Premier lauds Modi

Mauritian Premier Pravind Jugnauth, who is the chief guest for the three-day event, also spoke on the occasion. Mr. Jugnauth hailed India’s transformation through initiatives such as the Skill India and the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao schemes. He also praised Mr. Modi’s global stewardship in promoting clean energy and for setting up the International Solar Alliance.

Mr. Jugnauth announced that his country will hold a Bhagwad Gita Mahotsav next month and a Bhojpuri Festival next year. For the first time, the three-day convention is being organised from January 21 to 23 instead of January 9 to allow participants to visit the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad and attend the Republic Day parade in the national capital. The theme of this year’s convention is ‘Role of Indian diaspora in building new India’.


“Bharat Ko Janiye” Online Quiz launched for the Indian Diaspora

“Bharat Ko Janiye” Online Quiz launched for the Indian Diaspora

The Union Minister for the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MoIA) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Smt. Sushma Swaraj today launched the “Bharat Ko Janiye” an online quiz program for the Indian Diaspora.

The “Bharat Ko Janiye” Quiz is targeted for the Indian Diaspora youth across the globe. It is intended to educate them about India’s progress in various fields like, Science & Technology, Manufacturing, Industry, Communication & Information Technology etc. and also about the different facets Indian life. The aim of this quiz program is also to create awareness about India’s rich cultural heritage and it’s Diversity. With this quiz program, the Ministry would like to help the diaspora youth and NRIs to learn and understand the culture, history and the development of their ancestral country. The Quiz is open for both PIOs and NRIs between the age group of 18 – 35 years.

There is a welcome round initially and questions will be asked from topics like Indian Democracy, Geography of India, Indian Economy, Indian Art and Renowned Personalities. The welcome round will be open for 18 days for participants to take the Quiz anytime at their leisure. Following the Welcome round, there is a Qualifying round which will have questions from various topics and the participants will have to answer them in 60 minutes. A downloadable content is provided in the website for participants to brush up their knowledge about India.

Top 10 participants each from the Qualifying round of both PIO and NRI categories will be invited to India for the Final round Live Quiz, after due verification of their PIO/NRI information. The Final round which is a Live Quiz will be held in New Delhi on 7th January, 2016. The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs shall arrange for their travel and other logistics arrangements during their trip to India. The winners of the Final Round will be felicitated during the Pravasi Bharati Divas event at New Delhi to be held from 8th to 10th January 2016.

-Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, 25-November, 2015