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Pravasi Divas: PM  to focus on Centre's economic reforms

New Delhi: Jan 03 , 2017, DHNS 1:43 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI File Photo.
­Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to highlight his government’s economic reforms when he delivers the keynote address at the inaugural ceremony of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas-2017 in Bengaluru on January 8. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa will share the dais with Modi during the inaugural ceremony of the event. President Pranab Mukherjee will deliver the valedictory address on January 9.

Dnyaneshwar M Mulay, secretary (Overseas Indian Affairs) at the Ministry of External Affairs told journalists in New Delhi on Monday that the government would highlight its various reform initiatives as well as the schemes launched by it to boost economic growth.

Modi, according to sources, is likely to focus on his government’s efforts for Goods and Services Tax roll-out and initiatives for infrastructure development and economic growth apart from the campaign against black money and corruption. An exhibition being held along with the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will also highlight the reforms and development initiatives of the Centre, Mulay said.

The Ministry of External Affairs partnered with Karnataka government to hold the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Bengaluru from January 7 to 9. This is the first time the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is being held in Karnataka. Nearly 4,000 overseas Indians are expected to take part in the event, which will be themed on “Redefining Engagement with Indian Diaspora”, said Mulay.

To a query, Gaurav Gupta, Commissioner (Industries) of Karnataka government, dismissed the speculation that the recent incident of molestation of women during New Year celebrations in Bengaluru could cast a shadow over the event.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas-2017 in Bengaluru is going to be the first such event after the government changed the format of the event, which was previously held on January 9 every year, commemorating the day Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa in 1915. The government, however, decided last year that the convention would he held biennially.


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