The Ministry of External Affairs held a meeting with Tourism Minister R V Deshpande for a preliminary round of talks. Reports say they expect to see close to 3000 NRI and PIO delegates from across the world at the next BPD. 400 students from across the world will also be participating in the event on the preliminary day and interact with the Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.
The Minister said the government is still to finalise the venue and is looking at various locations in the City, but the final choice will be taken later. The state will constitute a committee for the event that is scheduled to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the event on February 8 next year.
30 distinguished NRIs who have contributed to the growth of the country will receive awards during this, the 15th. BPD. The event is also scheduled to have interactive sessions with the Centre and State to identify and resolve issues that NRIs face.