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Now, govt woos NRIs for rural development

Posted by egovindia on November 8, 2007

Now, govt woos NRIs for rural development

Nivedita Mookerji

Thursday, November 08, 2007  03:06 IST


Will encourage overseas Indians to be part of socio-economic issues

NEW DELHI: The sixth edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas from January 7 to 9 will have a rural focus, in sync with the UPA government’s common minimum programme (CMP) and inclusive growth.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, minister for overseas Indian affairs Vayalar Ravi said the objective of the Pravasi Divas this time would be to encourage the overseas Indians to be part of the socio-economic development of the country.

With elections in the air, the government seems to have made its priority clear-empowering rural India with stress on women with respect to education, healthcare and knowledge economy.

However, there would be some sessions on trade and investment too, the minister said.

So far, Pravasi Divas was about attracting investment from the overseas Indians. “The investment or money has not been forthcoming. Therefore, we decided that we will not ask for any investment this year but seek partnership from NRIs for philanthropic projects,” Ravi pointed out.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will co-host the Pravasi Divas along with the government.

CII president Sunil Mittal said, “India is not merely seeking dollars and foreign exchange, but wants overseas Indians’ participation in other initiatives.”

According to Mittal, the initiatives would include philanthropy and getting significant skill sets in medicine and research.

“This event will help the government convert the thoughts of the overseas Indians in these areas into policies,” he said.

The ministry for overseas Indians has mooted the idea for establishing ‘India Development Foundation’ (IDF),  for a “single window clearance system” to channel



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