DUBAI: Over 150 NRI businessmen and women from around the world came together to express their views and put forth their demands to the Indian National Congress (INC) party. These demands are to be included in the Congress election manifesto for the 2019general elections.
The preliminary session to the Global NRI Meet Dubai, UAE was presided by Sam Pitroda, Chairman, Indian Overseas Congress (IOC), Himanshu Vyas, Secretary, All India Congress Committee and In-charge, IOC, and Prof. Suresh Gowda, Rajya Sabha MP and Head of Research Division, INC.
Indian businessmen and women travelled from far and wide, from Australia to Canada, from Singapore to the UK, to attend this two-day summit. It was Rahul Gandhi, on his recent visit to the UAE, who promised NRIs in the UAE and around the world that the INC would bring together all of them in an effort to include their demands and suggestions in the 2019 election manifesto under the leadership of Sam Pitroda.
From Left: Shiv Bhatia, Sam Pitroda and Himanshu Viyas
Sam Pitroda set the tone for the preliminary meeting asking the participants to share their ideas and importantly solutions they have for the problems India is facing in recent times. One by one, they came on to the podium to share their views. The topics ranged from education to infrastructure, female empowerment to foreign policy, inclusion to social justice and health care to employment.
The preliminary meeting was a precursor to today’s working group meetings. Participants have enlisted themselves in various working groups to offer concrete suggestions and solutions in the areas of agriculture, employment, healthcare, education, environment, finance, infrastructure, emerging technologies, female empowerment, foreign policy, inclusion and diversity, urbanization, defence and national security and social justice.
On Day two, businessmen and women enlisted themselves to one ore more working groups depending on their interest and expertise. There were 14 (fourteen) topics- agriculture, employment, healthcare, education, environment, finance, infrastructure, emerging technologies, female empowerment, foreign policy, inclusion and diversity, urbanization, defence and national security and social justice.
The first half of the day witnessed NRI businessmen and women huddling around 7 tables discussing seven topics. Sam Pitroda, President of the Indian Overseas Congress greeted the participants in the morning and encouraged them to be clear, concise and challenge themselves. He added that participants should stay focused on the solutions. Participants at each table brought forth their expertise and steered through the discussion spelling out the vision, listing out the challenges and problems and thinking through possible solutions to tackle the problems. After two hours of intense discussion, the first round came to end followed by a coffee break.
Soon thereafter they got into a huddle discussing the remaining seven topics. Sam Pitroda and Himanshu Vyas went around the hall keenly listening to the participants. The second round of working group discussions ended at 2 PM and participants broke for lunch. They regrouped at 3 PM to present their vision and solutions. But before that, a few of them came up on the stage to share their thoughts on the future of India.
They also underscored how India should create a condusive atmosphere to welcome back NRIs and stressed their significant contributions. A member or two, from each working group presented their solutions on the stage. After the presentations, Himanshu made it public that this was the first time a meeting of global NRIs of such magnitude and scale had taken place. He was profusely thankful to all those who took a conscious effort and importantly all those helped to make this Global NRI meet in Dubai possible.
Sam Pitroda delivered a vote of thanks and said he was deeply indebted to each and every one for having traveled far and wide to make it a point to attend the Global NRI meet in Dubai. He also placed on record his gratitude to everyone not just for attending the conclave but working hard to find solutions that can in turn find a place in the Congress manifesto in the coming general