3,000 NRIs to attend Pravasi Diwas in Bengaluru

Bengaluru to host 2017 Bharatiya Pravasi Divas
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Bengaluru: As many as 3,000 non-resident Indians (NRIs) and persons of Indian origin (PIOs) are likely to attend the next edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas scheduled to be held in Bengaluru in January next year.

Speaking to reporters after holding a meeting with the officials of the External Affairs Ministry, Industries Minister R V Desphande said the three-day event will commence from January 7. The event is held to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India.

On January 7, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will inaugurate an interaction programme between the youth from various parts of the world. On January 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will officially inaugurate the event.

Desphande said the venue for the event will be decided shortly. Exhibitions, seminars and the issues raised by the NRIs and also interactions with various chief ministers will be held during the meet.

The state government will showcase investment opportunities in manufacturing, aerospace, information technology, industrial infrastructure, tourism among others.

Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas has been held since 2003 and it is only for the seventh time that the event is being held outside New Delhi. On earlier occasions, the meet had been held in Mumbai (2005), Hyderabad (2006), Chennai (2009), Jaipur (2012) and Kochi (2013).

Bengaluru to host 2017 Bharatiya Pravasi Divas