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PM Modi launched the Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana for Indian Diaspora

Published on January 24, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana for the Indian Diaspora.
PM Modi launched the Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana for Indian Diaspora

Features of the Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana:

  • Under the scheme, a group of Indian diaspora will be taken on a Government-sponsored tour of religious places in India twice a year.
  • The first batch of 40 people already participated in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 held in Varanasi.
  • Those selected would be taken to religious places of all major religions in India.
  • The Government will bear all the expenses including the airfare from their country of residence.
  • People of Indian-origin aged 45 to 65 can apply can avail the benefits under the scheme.
  • The Scheme accords first preference to people from Girmitiya countries such as Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.

Girmitiyas and Girmitiya Countries:

  • Girmitiyas are the descendants of indentured Indian labourers brought to Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, East Africa, the Malay Peninsula, Caribbean and South America (Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname) to work on sugarcane plantations for the prosperity of the European settlers.
  • The term Girmitiya was coined by the Father of the Nation- Mahatma Gandhi who referred to himself as the first Girmitiya.
  • The countries where these indentured Indian labourers settled are known as Girmitiya countries.


Q. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched which scheme of Government-sponsored religious tourism for the Indian Diaspora?
a. Pravasi Bharat Darshan Yojana
b. Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana
c. Pravasi Dharm Darshan Yojana
d. Pravasi Teerth Yatra Yojana
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