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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 celebration in Perth

Consulate General of India

Perth

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MEDIA RELEASE

10 January 2019

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 celebration

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 was celebrated at the Consulate on 9 January 2019 with participation of about 50 prominent members from the Indian community in Perth, including representatives from community associations, business, academia and media. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated every year on 9 January to mark the contribution of the Indian Diaspora and to help them connect with their roots in India. The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is scheduled to be held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on 21-23 January 2019.

2. The PBD 2019 event at the Consulate commenced with the screening of a video detailing elements of and arrangements being made for the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention. Consul General Amit Kumar Mishra welcomed the attendees and explained the importance of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas as an event to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the 31-million strong overseas Indian community across the world and its increasing contribution to growth and development of India. Consul General mentioned that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas has been made more substantive and productive with change in its format and the event was now being organised outside New Delhi in partnership with State Governments. He encouraged them to register for the 15th PBD convention, which would include for the first-time opportunity to participate in Kumbha Snan and Republic Day ceremony. He thanked the community for its contribution towards strengthening of India’s engagement with Western Australia.

3. Consul Dinesh Bhardwaj made a presentation on various flagship programs undertaken by the Government of India to engage Diaspora, including Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) scheme, Know India Programme, Bharat Ko Janiye online quiz, Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty Scheme, and Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children. Consul thanked the community organisations for growing participation in initiatives like Bharat Ko Janiye quiz and Know India Programme, mentioning that representatives of Indian community in Perth were participating in these two programmes for the first time ever. He said that the Consulate was making consular service available on 24-hr basis, and more than 131,000 services, including visa, passport, OCI and miscellaneous services, were rendered during the last four years. He announced that the Consulate would be working closely with community organisations to enhance awareness about benefits of OCI cards, and to ensure that all eligible members of Indian community avail this facility.

4. The event also featured an open discussion with community leaders regarding consular services and community’s support for celebrations being planned by the Consulate to commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji. The community leaders welcomed the efforts being made by the Government, and the Consulate, to engage the Diaspora.