By SAT News Desk
Melbourne: The BJP-led Modi government has decided to shift the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas shifted from Delhi to Gandhinagar (Gujarat) to be held January 7-9 since 2003. The PBD 2015 will be held at the Mahatma Mandir convention centre in Gandhinagar. It has been clubbed with the seventh edition of the biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit (VGGIS) to be held at the same venue from January 11-13.
A report in the Indian Express says, “The Gujarat government, in its annual 2014-15 budget, announced plans by the Centre to celebrate the next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), the Indian government’s annual engagement with the Indian Diaspora by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar in 2015.”
The event held in New Delhi at the iconic Vigyan Bhawan last year. Distinguished Indians from all over the world attend the event and is addressed by the President, Prime Minister, and the Minister for Overseas Indians and Chief Ministers among others. This year after Mr. Modi took over as Prime Minister of the BJP-led government the independent Minister for Overseas Indians was not appointed and instead the new Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj was asked to manage both the MEA (Ministry for External Affairs) and MOIA (Ministry of Overseas Indians Affairs).
- SAT News Service