Yet another change in policy for people of Indian-origin and NRIs has brought smiles on faces and motivation for others. Indian Prime Minister NarendraModi has broadened the scope of Pravasi Bhartiya Sammana (PBS) awards and this now would also include the charitable work, making philanthropic investments, and other investment contributing to India’s development.
The Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, VikasSwarup said, “The addition is meant to recognise contributions of both NRIs and PIOs including organisations, to the development programmes in India and through philanthropy for programmes in India. 30 such awards will now be given on a bi-annual basis and the PravasiBhartiyaDiwas will be celebrated every alternate January 9 from now on”. According to Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, the addition is meant to recognise contributions of both NRIs and PIOs including organisations, to the development programmes in India and through philanthropy for programmes in India.
A jury headed by the Indian Vice-President has now also been empowered to make 'suo-motu' nominations for at-least 6 persons for the awards – that would be final.
This positive and encouraging move by Indian Government is sure to bring change in the mindset and will motivate people to do philanthropic work in India too, reducing the anomaly before when only high profile politicians, who may not have made any contribution towards economic uplift of social change back in India, were only considered to receive these awards.