KUWAIT CITY, Jan 10: Indian Embassy in Kuwait Saturday evening organized a meaningful Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at its auditorium to discuss various issues related to the Indian community in Kuwait. This year the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) which was introduced by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs on Jan 9, 2003 was held at the Indian missions all over the world as part of the paradigm shift in the format of this event which saw the participation of various sections of the community to discuss issues affecting the Indian Diaspora. Opening the event the Ambassador of India to Kuwait His Excellency Sunil Jain highlighted various Indian government achievements and the Indian embassy in Kuwait to solve community issues.
The issues of more than 300,000 Indian domestic servants in Kuwait were highlighted during the whole discussion. “Our government was able to put an end to recruitment of female domestic servants to Kuwait, which itself is a big thing for us,” said the Ambassador in his opening remark. “Streamlining of nurses recruitment through government agencies was another achievement we could make this time,” he added. “A written understanding has been made,” he said, “between India and Kuwait to streamline the recruitment of Indian nurses for work in Kuwait through the state manpower agencies such as NORKA, ODEPC and OMCL. He disclosed, the Embassy this year issued 87,083 passports compared to 75,031 during the same period last year showing a growth of 16 percent. The embassy issued 3,923 emergency certifi cates for repatriation of Indians in 2015 compared to 2,791 in 2014. The Ambassador also noted that there is a 33 percent increase of drug and liquor-related crimes by Indians living in Kuwait, which is a worrying factor. He also disclosed the Indian companies got a large number of contracts for various projects in Kuwait in 2015.
In 2015, he said, Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) has also made substantial investments in India which shows the growing confi dence of Kuwait in the Indian economy. Various points such as streamlining of the activities of Indian associations, platform for organizing Indian cultural events, issues related to community school, high ticket price charged by Indian airlines etc were also discussed during the event. Those who spoke on the occasion and shed light on various issues for the benefi t of the community included Reaven D’Souza, Sajeev Peter, Ashfaque Khan, Mohd Farooq, Sunoj Nambiar, Dr Shansethil, Vibheesh Thikkody, Mrs Chaitali Roy, S.K. Wadhawan, Rajpal Thyagi, Sharafudeen Kanneth, Dr Vinod Grover, Prashanth Nair and Hari Balaramapuram. Coordinated by A.K. Srivastava, SS (PIC/ CW), Deputy Chief of Mission Subhashish Goldar concluded the event. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or the Non-Resident Indian Day, is celebrated in India on January 9 each year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India.
The day commemorates the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi in India from South Africa. Established in 2003, it is sponsored by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of the Government of India, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region of India. The decision to celebrate the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was taken in accordance with recommendations of the High Level Committee on the Indian Diaspora’ (HLC) which was set up by Government of India under the chairmanship of Dr. L. M. Singhvi
By Paul Francis X. Fernandes Arab Times Staff