Bengaluru, Jan 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reached Bengaluru to inaugurate the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Union Minister Ananth Kumar, Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, along with several other ministers received the Prime Minister at the airport.  Modi is all set to inaugurate the main convention today along with his Portuguese counterpart Dr Antonio Costa who is the chief guest for the event.

The 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) convention began in Bengaluru on Saturday. The three-day event started with the Youth PBD, the theme of which is ‘Role of Diaspora Youth in the Transformation of India’. The ‘Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’ was inaugurated as part of the PBD 2017 with an aim to connect with the youth growing up all over the world. 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD)  is an initiative to engage with young diaspora that provide forum to discuss issues that concern them. The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas conventions are held every year since 2003.

Suriname Vice-President Michael Ashwin Adhin, along with Union Minister Vijay Goel, Minister of State for External Affairs General V. K. Singh and Karnataka ministers R.V. Deshpande and Priyanka Kharge inaugurated the the Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Divas on the first day of the event. President Pranab Mukherjee is slated to confer Pravasi Bhartiya Samman on Monday.

What is Pravasi Bharatiya Divas?

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated in India on 9 January every other year (every year before 2016) to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in Bombay on 9 January 1915.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention is a very important platform that engages central and state governments with the Overseas Indian Community. It has been held traditionally on January 9 every year to commemorate the return of Mahatma Gandhi as a Pravasi from South Africa to India. President Pranab Mukherjee will confer Pravasi Bhartiya Samman on Monday.

General V K Singh during his address on the first day of the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas said that by 2020, the average age in India will be 29 making it the world’s youngest country with 64% of the population in the working age group. The Prime Minister’s vision will make India the skill capital of the world by 2022