Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) 2015

ARSP makes its presence felt

Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad (ARSP) made its presence felt at Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) 2015 held in Gandhinagar during January 7-9.

The PBD was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who announced various decisions his government had taken to ease travel for the Indian diaspora.

Prime Minister exhorted the Indian diaspora to get involved in the Clean Ganges campaign. He said the economic development of 40 per cent of the country’s population “is connected with Maa Ganga”.

Prime Minister Modi said “the world was waiting to embrace India”. He said that when he made a passing suggestion in his speech at the United Nations that there should be an international yoga day, it was co-sponsored by 177 of 193 member countries of the UN. “Of these, 40 were Muslim countries and it was the fastest executed decision in less than 100 days,” said Modi.

Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad had a stall at the PBD exhibition. The stall was visited by many dignitaries including Priti Patel, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, United Kingdom.

President Shri Shashank at ARSP stall.

Secretary General Shri Shyam Parande at ARSP stall.

The stall was venue used to sign an agreement between People of Indian Origin Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Middlesex Asian Business Association. The agreement was signed in the presence of UK Treasury Minister and Shri Shyam Parande, Secretary General, Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad.

UK Treasury Minister Priti Patel at ARSP stall after signing of agreement.

The PBD was attende by various senior officials of ARSP, including President Shri Shashank, Secretary General Shri Shyam Parande, Vice Presidents Shri Mukesh Aggarwal and Shri Sanjay Bhalla, Secretary Shri Gopal Arora, Joint Secretaries Shri C.S. Randev and Dr. Shashi Bala.

Other ARSP officials and members who attended the PBD included Ambassador R Dayakar (Chairman, Diaspora Affairs Committee), and Shri Narayan Kumar (Director & Convenor, Diaspora Affairs Committee), Shri Dayanand Chandola, Shri KB Singhania and Shri Abhay Aggarwal.

President Shashank led a four member delegation which met President of Guyana Shri Donald Ramotar on 10th January.

ARSP was given well deserved representation in session on Girmitiyas which was chaired by Secretary General Shri Shyam Parande. The session was addressed by ARSP office bearers Prof Gopal Arora, Ambassador R Dayakar, and Shri Narayan Kumar.

Another session on Role of Indian Diaspora Organizations and India was presided over by Shri Shashank, Former Foreign Secretary, Government of India and President of ARSP. Two more sessions were organised on the suggestions of ARSP: Diaspora from the Franco phone countries and Diaspora in the Gulf region.

Earlier ARSP had submitted a detailed concept note ,containing suggestions to enrich the content of PBD 2015 , to the Hon’ble Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj. Many of the suggestions made by ARSP were incorporated in PBD2015.

ARSP officials attended an event by GOPIO International based in Malaysia and having delegates from several countries. The event was addressed by Shri Shyam Parande, Shri Mukesh Aggarwal and Dr Shashi Bala.

Shri Shyam Parande at GOPIO event

Another event by GOPIO International based in USA was addressed by Shri Shyam Parande.

Shri Shyam Parande at another GOPIO event

ARSP saw its presence in all parts of PBD, including sessions, exhibition and external events.

This PBD was the largest held in India so far and the most high-profile one ever held. This also marked the rise of ARSP in the international arena.

ARSP delegation held several meetings on the sidelines of PBD. One such was meeting with Dr Vallabh Kathiria, chairman of Gau Seva Ayog, Gujarat government.

Shri Shyam Parande and ARSP delegates with Dr Vallabh Kathiria