Indian embassies in different countries celebrated Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas yesterday. In Bangladesh, a large number of expatriate Indians participated in the programme organized by High Commission of India in Dhaka. Addressing the gathering, High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das said that the government attaches high priority to provide services to the diaspora community living in various countries.
Riva Ganguly called upon the Indian diaspora community in Bangladesh to register with the High Commission so that services can be provided smoothly when need arises. She called upon the Indian community in Bangladesh to take active part in the activities organized by the High Commission in Bangladesh.The address was followed by a live video session with 8 foreign missions of India spread over all the continents which was addressed by the External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar.
In his speech External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar lauded the role of the Indian diaspora for the countries where they live as well as for India in various fields. Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi he said that the Indian diaspora is the living bridge of India with the world. Outlining government initiatives for the diaspora community Dr. Jaishankar said facilitating easy travel with passport, visa and OCI services and providing security to work, travel and live abroad were its priorities.
In Beijing, the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas event saw huge participation by enthusiastic Indian diaspora in China. Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Vikram Misri said, there are various initiatives put in place by government to connect Pravasis more closely with their motherland to get benefitted from their knowledge and expertise. He urged the Indian community in China to be in touch with the Embassy by registering themselves.
Indian community also presented some cultural programs during the event and showcased the activities taken up by them round the year. The gathering also listened address by the External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar through video conferencing from New Delhi.
Indian Consulate in Dubai also celebrated Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas. Consul General Vipul addressed the Indian expats who had gathered in large number on the occasion.