Focus will be on connecting with youth and health care
Press trust of india
New Delhi, 6 January
Engaging with the youth and discussions on health care will be key focus areas of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2014 which kicks off here tomorrow.
This year’s theme is “Engaging Diaspora: Connecting Across Generations” and the Youth PBD is expected to open new horizons of a strong network of young overseas Indians to contribute to India’s engagement with youth in all sectors.
“Engaging with the youth and health care will one of the major sectors where discussions will take place this year,” Overseas Indian Affairs minister Vayalar Ravi told reporters.
To be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Malaysia’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Y B Datuk Seri Palanivel will be the chief guest.
Mr Ravi said Mr Palanivel is a very prominent leader of Indian origin as well as an important politician.
President Pranab Mukherjee will deliver the valedictory address on 9 January and will confer
the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards which will
be given to 14 people this time.
Mr Ravi said a special session on “Issues of NRIs in the Gulf” will also be organised this year to discuss the problems faced by them and their possible remedies.
Besides, sessions on “Sharing a common heritage: The emotional connect” and sessions on young achievers, plenary session on India’s growth and development agenda, India’s soft power, PBD oration, investment opportunities in states and parallel state sessions will also be held.
This year’s event is also expected to witness large participation from delegates across the world.
“Already 700 delegates have registered. Usually registration comes in the last day. Last year, only 400 to 500 delegates were there. The number of participants will increase. We are also talking to different associations around the world … people from 50 countries have already registered,” Mr Ravi said.
However, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi may not be able to take part in the session in the Youth PBD.
“I discussed it with him (Rahul) personally and the idea was to invite him for the youth conference but unfortunately he won’t be here that day (7 January). I will discuss again. I hope he comes for a day and spends some time with the foreign delegates,” Mr Ravi said.
Apart from that, the chief ministers’ conference will also be an important session.