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'PBD should be held once in two years'

Bihar's Dy CM SK Modi suggested the idea in view of the decreasing number of NRIs at the event.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 11:48 IST

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) conference should be held once in two years in view of the decreasing number of Non-Resident Indian (NRI) delegates, Bihar deputy Chief Minister Susheel Kumar Modi suggested on Wednesday.

The number of delegates for the fourth PBD, which concluded on Tuesday, was less compared to previous conventions, Modi said.

Expressing his view on the arrangements of the conference, he alleged, "It seems the Government has not done proper home work".

He described as "unfortunate" the incident during the valedictory function when a US-based delegate stunned the gathering by protesting against giving away Pravasi Samman Award to Dr Sudhir Parikh.

NRI Satyanath Choudary rushed towards the front row where President APJ Abdul Kalam was giving away awards and protested the presentation of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Samman Award to Sudhir Parikh, a US-based allergic specialist.

"It was an ugly incident," the Deputy Chief Minister said and accused Andhra Pradesh government of failing to prevent the incident inspite of press reports one day earlier that a group of NRIs have differences on selection of the awardees.

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 11:39 IST