India celebrates 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas virtually on 9 Jan
Connecting the new generation of Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) with their home country, the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is the Indian government`s outreach to the overseas Indian community. This year, the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention will be held on 9th January in the virtual format in the backdrop of the COVID pandemic. The theme of the Convention this year is "Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat". The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention will be inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will feature a keynote address by the Chief Guest Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President of Suriname. The winners of the online Bharat ko Janiye Quiz for the youth will also be announced. The Inaugural session will be followed by the two Plenary sessions. The first Plenary on `Role of Diaspora in Aatmanirbhar Bharat`, will feature addresses by the External Affairs Minister and the Commerce and Industry Minister. The second Plenary on `Facing Post-Covid Challenges - Scenario in Health, Economy, Social and International Relations`, will be addressed by the Health Minister and Minister of State for External Affairs. President Ram Nath Kovind will deliver the Valedictory address to mark the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The names of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees for 2020-21 will also be announced.