Seminar on Non-Resident Gujaratis (NRGs) In UK : Their Role In UK & Their Economic Relations with Gujarat
From left Shri K H Patel, Hon. Chairman, GCCI NRG Committee /Centre; Shri Saurinbhai Parikh, Hon. Secretary` , GCCI; Dr. Jaimin Vasa, Sr. Vice President, GCCI; Shri Shaileshbhai Patwari, President, GCCI; Shri N.P. Lavingiya, Additional Secretary, (NRI) , Government of Gujarat; Shri C. B. Patel, Publisher & Editor, of Weeklies “ Gujarat Times” & “ Asian Voice” (UK) ; Padamshree Vishnu Pandya Renowned Author & Political Analyst & General Secretary , Vishwa Gujarati Samaj ; Chairman , Gujarat Sahitay Academy , Government of Gujarat and Shri K.D. Asari , Director, Non-Resident Gujarati Foundation (NRGF) , Government of Gujarat
Under the joint aegis of Non Resident Gujarati Foundation (NRGF) of Government of Gujarat and GCCI NRG Committee / Centre, Seminar on “ Non-Resident Gujaratis (NRGs) In UK : Their Role In UK & Their Economic Relations with Gujarat” was organised on Thursday ,3rd August 2017 at GCCI. Principal speakers on the occasion were Shri C B Patel Publisher and Editor of Weeklies "Gujarat Samachar" and "Asian Voice", UK & Padmashree Vishnu Pandya General Secretary Vishwa Gujarati Samaj, Ahmedabad Renowned Author & Political Analyst Chairman, Gujarat Sahitya Akademi, Government of Gujarat.
President Shri Shailesh Patwari, Senior Vice President Dr. Jaimin Vasa and Secretary Shri Saurin Parikh were also on the dais. The audience included about 150 invitees. Smt. Shibaniben Desai, Chairman, GCCI Women Wing; Shri Subhash Modi, Co –Chairman, GCCI Indirect Tax Committee and others were also present . Times of India; Navgujarat Samay; Divyabhaskar ; Gujarat Times (USA); Gujarat Samacahr (UK) ; and Asian Voice (UK) have covered the event.
Shri C.B. Patel, said that that the contribution of NRIs , and particularly Gujaratis , was immense which was evident from the fact that amongst twenty seven non-white Members of British Parliament , fourteen are Gujaratis . Shri Patel added that NRIs and Gujaratis are present across sectors such as education, professional field, trade, business and other commercial segments in UK. Speaking about the liberal approach of the British Government Shri Patel said that the Government provided financial and other support for learning Gujarati. London alone had 187 temples which also spoke volumes about the religious tolerance existing in Britain. Looking at the considerable contribution of NRIs and Gujaratis ,Shri Patel called upon people of Gujarat and the Government to increase their visits to Britain to facilitate more interaction with the NRGs and provide information on the ongoing projects of Gujarat Government which are undertaken for the NRGs.
Padamashree Vishnu Pandya, said that currently India/Gujarat and UK may be equals but the biggest contribution of UK to India was the institutionalization of Democracy in our country.
Shri Pandya added that Indians and Gujaratis stalwarts such as Pandit Shyamji Krishna Verma, Dadabhai Nowroaji, Vithalbhai Patel, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and many others had contributed in their own way towards the relations between India and UK. Shri Pandya further said that Gujarat Sahitya Academy will ogranise an International Gujarati Language Conference and all are invited.
Shri N.P. Lavingya, Additional Secretary, (NRI), Govt of Gujarat informed that the NRG Foundation of Government of Gujarat carries out various activities for the benefit of NRG with a view to contribute towards development of the State. Amongst the notable activities of the Foundation was the launch of Gujarat Card wherein the NRG cardholders were provided priority treatment in Government Departments and they were also eligible for other benefits.
Shri Shailesh Patwari, President, GCCI while welcoming the distinguished guests said that GCCI NRG Committee /Centre has been doing benfiecal work towards NRGs and he thanked to Government for the support extended to the GCCI NRG Centre . He mentioned that there were number of areas where India and UK can work together. Earlier in his introductory remarks, Shri K.H. Patel, Chairman NRG Committee /Centre of GCCI gave an overview of the activities of the Centre acknowledged the presence of important NRG Diaspora in the programme and informed that NRGs were very actively investing in the State. Shri Saurin Praikh, Hon. Secretary, GCCI proposed a hearty vote of thanks.