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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas / NRI Day (illegal NRIs in India)

Just like the celebrations of other days in India, there is a special day for the NRIs as well. It is the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or the Non-Resident Indian Day. The day is celebrated on 9th January every year by the Republic of India. The main motive of this day is to celebrate the contribution of the Indian community that lives overseas for the development of India. The major purpose of celebrating the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is to commemorate the comeback of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9th January 1915.

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2018 About Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

The decision for celebrating Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was taken after getting recommended from the High Level Committee upon the Indian Diaspora. This was settled by the government of India under the chairmanship of L.M. Singhvi. When the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee got the report on Indian Diaspora, he made an announcement for celebrating the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on January 9.

On this occasion, special programs are conducted for recognizing the contributions of PIO or NRI individuals. These individuals are very meritorious. They felicitate those individuals who have made exceptional contributions in their respective fields. Also, this day is considered as a forum for discussing certain issues and problems of the people belonging to the Diaspora. Ever since 2003, the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas has been organized. The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

According to the estimation made in the year 2000, the number of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh that have entered into India count to 1.5 crore. It has been noticed that every year nearly 3 lakh people from other community settle in India. Therefore, being Pravasi Bharatis, it can be guessed that how much they enjoy the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

Venues of celebrating Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Given below is a list of places where the NRI Day has been celebrated for so long. Take a quick look at it:

Day

Year

Venue

State

1st

2003

New Delhi

Delhi

2nd

2004

New Delhi

Delhi

3rd

2005

Mumbai

Maharashtra

4th

2006

Hyderabad

Andhra Pradesh

5th

2007

New Delhi

Delhi

6th

2008

New Delhi

Delhi

7th

2009

Chennai

Tamil Nadu

8th

2010

New Delhi

Delhi

9th

2011

New Delhi

Delhi

10th

2012

Jaipur

Rajasthan

11th

2013

Kochi

Kerala

12th

2014

New Delhi

Delhi

13th

2015

Gandhinagar

Gujarat

14th

2017

Bengaluru

Karnataka

15th

2018

Varanasi

Uttar Pradesh


The regional celebration of NRI Day

Sometimes the Ministry of External Affairs plans for a Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebration outside India. The aim of organizing this regional NRI Day is to bring about a connection amongst the specific regions, to familiarize them with the programmes and policies of the Indian Government and to encourage them to contribute for the growth and development of India. It is here that the various issues of the Indian Diaspora are talked about. Already ten regional NRI Day celebrations have been held along with the celebrations of 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

Day

Venue

Date

Year

1st

New York, USA

24th September

2007

2nd

Singapore

10th - 11th October

2008

3rd

The Hague, Netherlands  

19th September

2009

4th

Durban, South Africa

1st – 2nd October

2010

5th

Toronto, Canada

8th - 10th June

2011

6th

Pailles, Mauritius

27th – 28th October

2012

7th

Sydney, Australia

10th – 12th November

2013

8th

London, UK

16th – 18th October

2014

9th

Los Angeles, USA

14th – 15th November

2015

10th

Singapore

6th – 7th January

2018


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2018

The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was inaugurated by the Honorable Minister of External Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath. The state partner of convention was Uttar Pradesh. This celebration of 2018 was conducted on the sentiments of the larger Diaspora community noticed to be participating in the Kumbh Mela and the celebrations of the Republic Day.

2019 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

The Government of India has already casted their press release about the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019. The upcoming NRI Day will be conducted from 21st to 23rd January. The date has been replaced from 9th January. This convention will be organized in Varanasi at Uttar Pradesh. Once the convention comes to an end, the candidates will be allowed to pay a visit to the Prayagraj for the Kumbh Mela on 24th January, 2019. At the same time, on 26th January, 2019, the participants will be allowed to take part in the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

The inauguration of the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be organized in partnership with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention will be inaugurated by our honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Valedictory address and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards will be passed by the honorable President Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

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