Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to become biennial event from next year: Sushma Swaraj

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New Delhi: The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday announced that Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will now be celebrated every alternate year. Swaraj announced this on Saturday at a discussion held in connection with the now biennial event, which was annual till now.

There will be some theme-based sessions conducted in which the Ministry of External Affairs will invite about 12 people including both the nationals and the non-resident Indians. An elaborate discussion will be conducted with them, said Swaraj, who was accompanied by Ministers of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar and V.K. Singh.

Further, some of the themes for the upcoming sessions are being decided to be around ‘role of the diaspora in capacity-building and artificial intelligence’ and ‘how diaspora gives back to India and their role with respect to the challenges in India’.

Swaraj also said they would try to understand their experience during their stay here, quality of life abroad and reasons behind their decision to move outside India.

Until now, 10 sessions have been conducted in a build-up to next year’s programme, which will be held in Varanasi in January.

At the panel discussion ‘Indian Community Organisations Working for Indian Nationals in Distressed Situation’, Swaraj also highlighted her efforts to ensure relief to Indians who are living in distress in any corner of the world.

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