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Homestays to be offered at every PBD: MEA

NRIs had a better experience at Indori homes than hotels and were impressed by their hospitality said MEA secretary.

Homestays to be made available for future Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Conventions. Image - MP Tourism.

With the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) Summit coming to close on January 10, 2023, the Home Stay campaign bagged special appreciation from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)

Launched for the first time at this year's convention, the Home Stay campaign allowed Indoris to offer their homes to the NRI guests who arrived in the city to attend the convention for three days.

“We will organise home stay for diaspora at every PBD from next time,” said Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, secretary, CPV and OIA sharing that NRI guests had a better experience at Indori homes than hotels and were impressed by their hospitality.

Further he mentioned that PBD at Indore was the first time when a group of 200 students from any country attended the convention. According to him, the students from UAE had a great time learning and exploring different sectors in India.

At the event's final press briefing, the government of Madhya Pradesh announced an award ceremony to recognise the contributions of individuals from the Indian Diaspora who hail from the State. The ceremony will be held every two years.

Sayeed emphasized that India is all set to strengthen bilateral ties with Guyana and Suriname by signing MoU in the gas and oil sectors. They will generate more jobs and business opportunities for people.

He informed that Guyana’s President Mohamed Irfaan Ali has shown keen interest in India’s skilled workforce saying that it can play a crucial role in the development of infrastructure at Guyana. The two countries will also collaborate in the field of hydrocarbons to strengthen their relation further.