Today while addressing the 10th annual diaspora meet called the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promises to fulfill the long-standing demand of its diaspora to allow Non-resident Indians (NRIs) to vote and participate in the election process.
The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated in the meet, “Pursuant to the law that was enacted to enable Non-resident Indians to vote in our national elections, the government has issued notifications for registration of overseas electors under the Representation of People Act, 1950.”
However diaspora plays an important role in the growth and development of the country. And now recognizing it the government responding by giving commitment to address their concerns and fulfill their demands.
It will be first time in history that Indian residents abroad will enable to participate in election process of home country India.
Inaugurating the whole assembly Mr. Singh said, “The government and people of India recognize and value the important role being played by Indian communities living abroad. We believe that Indian diaspora has much more to contribute to the building of modern India.”
“We propose to facilitate, encourage and promote this engagement. Over the past year, we have taken a number of steps towards this end,” he added.
Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs confirmed the importance of this annual meet. He said that 1,900 delegates from almost 60 countries were participating in the annual conclave.