Pravasi Bharatiya Divas also known as the NRI dayis celebrated every two years in India on January 9 to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the growth and development of our country. It commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi to India from South Africa on this day in 1915. For this day the Central Government of India presents the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards to those overseas Indians who made a significant contribution to the development of India.
The first Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was observed in 2003 and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award was given to those overseas Indians who were contributing to the development of the country. Six years later, the concept of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) was launched to help which aims to allow people of Indian origin and their spouses to live and work in India indefinitely.
This year, the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with a theme of "Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat".
In a press release, the government has said that the inaugural session will be followed by the two plenary sessions. The first Plenary on Role of Diaspora in Aatmanirbhar Bharat will feature addresses by External Affairs Minister and Commerce and Industry Minister while the second Plenary on Facing Post Covid Challenges - Scenario in Health, Economy, Social and International Relations, will be addressed by Minister of Health and Minister of State for External Affairs.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas aims to honour overseas Indian citizens who are contributing to the development of the country. On this day, the central government honours such people by giving them the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.The registration for the event can be done online through the website (www.pbdindia.gov.in).The convention will honour 30 eminent Diaspora members with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards. Once the COVID pandemic is contained, 15 Bharat ko Janiye (BKJ) winners will be invited for Bharat ko Janiye Darshan.