Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA)

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  • January 6, 2023
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Context: Guyana’s President Mohamed Irfaan Ali, US-based businessman Darshan Singh Dhaliwal, and DSB Group CEO Piyush Gupta are among 21 recipients of the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA).

  • The 17th PBD Convention will be held from 8 – 10 January 2023 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas:

  • Aims:
    • to highlight the contribution of Overseas Indians (OICs) towards India’s development,
    • to showcase India as a dynamic and attractive destination for investment, tourism, and business, and
    • to recognize the services of the Indian diaspora in strengthening India’s ties with other countries.
  • On the 9th of January every year, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated.
  • It denotes the day when Mahatma Gandhi, along with a group of Indian emigrants, returned to India from South Africa on 9 January 1915 after spending 21 years in the African country.
  • It marks the homecoming of the Indian diaspora.
  • The format of the PBD Convention was revised in 2015 and since then it has been organised every two years.
  • The theme of the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention 2023 is: “Diaspora: Reliable Partners for India’s progress in Amrit Kaal”.

About PBSA:

  • The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman is the highest Indian award for Non-resident Indian and Overseas Citizen of India or an organisation or institution established and run by Non-Resident Indians or Persons of Indian Origin.
  • It was constituted by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in conjunction with the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Non-Resident Indian Day), to honour exceptional and meritorious contribution in their chosen field/profession.
  • The award is given by the President of India.
  • It is conferred for outstanding contributions in any of the following areas:
    • Better understanding of India
    • Support to India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way
    • Building closer links between India, the overseas Indian community and their country of residence;
    • Social and humanitarian causes in India or abroad
    • Welfare of the local Indian community
    • Philanthropic and charitable work
  • Eminence in one’s field or outstanding work, which has enhanced India’s prestige in the country of residence;
  • Eminence in skills which has enhanced India’s prestige in that country (for non-professional workers).

Source:  Indian Express


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