President Ramotar to receive highest Overseas Indian Award

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President Donald Ramotar and Ms Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs in meeting in Gujarat, India.
President Donald Ramotar and Ms Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs in meeting in Gujarat, India.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar will deliver the inaugural address to the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conference today (Thursday, January 08) in India after which he is expected to have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Head of State, who is the Chief Guest at the event, is currently on a six-day official state visit to India. Yesterday, the President met with the External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj and a number of other senior leaders.

President Ramotar will also be presented the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman’, the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians and people of Indian origin (PIOs).

Other n otable Guyanese who received the award are: Former President Bharrat Jagdeo in 2004, Sir Shridath Ramphal in 2003 and Entrepreneur, Yesu Persaud in 2006.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated on January 09 every year in India. The event is also known as ‘Non-Resident Indian Day’ as it marks the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in the year 1915 on January 09.

It also acknowledges the contribution of the Indian community living abroad, in the development of India. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated over three days from January 7-9, and is organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, and is well supported by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region of India.

First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar is warmly greeted by Minister of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, Sushma Swaraj.  President Donald Ramotar looks on.
First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar is warmly greeted by Minister of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, Sushma Swaraj. President Donald Ramotar looks on.

The event which was started by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee also serves as a platform to discuss concerns and issues related to the Indian Diaspora around the globe, and holds much importance as it also helps in extensive networking among the Indian community.

This year more than 3,000 delegates of the Indian Diaspora are attending the event. [Extracted and modified from GINA]

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