The government is considering giving Aadhaar cards to Non-Resident Indians and a decision on it will be taken soon.
- The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD), webcast by almost all Indian Missions and Posts, was organised for the first time by External Affairs Ministry (MEA) after the government’s decision to merge Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) with it.
- Earlier MOIA used to host the event.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj while addressing the first limited edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) said,
- it has been decided that women workers will be allowed to go to Gulf countries for employment only through government agencies to ensure they are not duped by recruiting agents or firms.
- the government is considering giving Aadhaar cards to Non-Resident Indians and a decision on it will be taken soon
- asked the diaspora to participate in government’s various flagship programmes including Skill India, Digital India and Clean Ganga initiatives.
Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD)
- Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India.
- January 9 was chosen as the day for PBD as it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the “greatest Pravasi”, returned home from South Africa to lead India’s freedom struggle.
- PBD conventions are being held every year since 2003.
- These conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities.
- During the event, individuals of exceptional merit are honoured with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award to appreciate their role in India’s growth.
- The event also provides a forum for discussing key issues concerning the Indian Diaspora.