Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention- Kochi 7th January 2013

The eleventh edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention, the flagship event of The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, will be held in Kochi, Kerala, on 7-9 January, 2013. The Government of Kerala will be the State partner of this event.

The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa.The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated every year to cherish the contributions of the Overseas Indian Community to the development of India.

The PBD Convention provides a unique platform for overseas Indians to interact among themselves and with the Government of India and the Governments of various Indian States. It is a forum where the Government of India showcases investment opportunities in India and its potential in various sectors.

In the forthcoming PBD, numerous enthusiastic participation is expected from heterogeneous and diverse overseas Indian community spread across the globe. The effort is to have a meaningful and interactive event that would address the issues and concerns of the overseas Indian community effectively.

The great Indian Diaspora embodies the indomitable spirit of enterprise, harmony and patriotism for the land of their origin. The enthusiastic participation in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas over the years since 2003, and the eagerness to connect with the homeland, express the emotional bonds that all Non Resident Indians so fondly share with their motherland. The commercial capital of Kerala awaits to enchant everyone with its natural beauty of backwaters, and mesmerizing monuments of God’s Own Country.

Uttar Pradesh beats Kerala second year in a row in emigrants race

For many years Kerala dominated the emigrants population for India, this came as no surprise as Kerala has the highest literacy rate amongst other states in India. Uttar Pradesh (UP) on the other side is one of the laggards in the literacy rates, however dominates in population.

The last two years have been unprecedented with UP taking lead in the emigrants race.

The ministry of overseas Indian Affairs states that emigrants for work abroad for UP stood at 1.25 lakh in 2009 vis-a-vis 1.19 lakh from Kerala. And the trend continued in 2010 with UP registering 68,375 emigrants compared with 45,278 from Kerala till June’10*

One may assume the rise in numbers for the state of UP to be due to the abundance availability of manual labourers.

States with similar outlook i.e. Bihar and Rajasthan also seem to be catching up pace in the emigrants race, perhaps for the demand for skilled labourers especially from the middle-east countries.

In the recent World Bank report on remittances, India has been ranked as # 1 remittance receiving country. An increasing number of emigrants every year could keep the number 1 position for India intact.

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