1. “Connect with Your Roots" (CYR) Programme for Young Boys and Girls of Punjabi Origin settled abroad.
1.1 The Programme would provide an opportunity to the youngsters settled in different parts of the world, to visit the places from where their families hailed or where their ancestors were born, or where they themselves spent their early years.
1.2 This scheme will be part of Friends of Punjab Garima Gram Yojana scheme and will be financed from this scheme only viz.–06-Friends of Punjab Mukh Mantri Garima Gram Yojana – Plan Scheme NRI-2. Likely Expenditure for a group of 15 NRIs on a ten days tour would be Rs 3.00 to 4.00 lac. In all 6 to 8 groups would visit the state of Punjab in a year.
2 . The proposed scheme could be open to young boys and girls in the 16-22 years of age group as there is a lot of curiosity among Indian-Origin youngsters settled in others countries to know about their ancestral home. The proposed Scheme would open to Young Boys and Girls of NRIs Parents living abroad, a platform to go back to their roots and connect with their roots and discover their identities. The visit would also give thses youngster a chance to learn and speak their native language. It would also enable them to learn about their family background and the culture to which they belong and also to build an emotional bonding with the Country of their roots. In the long run this programme will enhance the NRIs engagment at the level of the Youth, who can be a vital engine in the State’s progress to achieve social harmony, modernity and all round development of its youth living abroad and in Punjab.
The dates of programme can be scheduled to align with the academic calender and school/Collage vacations of the participants. We can also try to link the dates with the traditional Punjabi festivals and auspicious days, such as Lohri, Holi, Baisakhi, Gurupurabs and Diwali etc.
Initially, the programme will be open to youth from U.K, Germany, France, Itally, Balgium, U.S.A and Canada. However, youngsters from U.K would be the first ones to pack their bags and fly out to India.
The eligibility criteria for this scheme is as under:
Age : 16 to 22 years of age, espacially those who have never visited India.
The beneficiaries can visit punjab as per the following programme:
They can visit the following places:
The Punjab Government would be ready to welcome the first batch of fifteen participants from as early as November 2017. Dedicated coaches to pick up the group from Delhi or Amritsar airports would be deployed.
Once the participants set foot in India, all expenses on travel, boarding, lodging and sightseeing will be borne by the Givernment of Punjab. We are looking at having a group of fifteen participants from different countries every two months. And we intend to cover six different countries in a year.
A Portal, facebook page and e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been created for Connet With Your Roots programme.
How to Apply:
The NRI boys and girls will apply on the Portal created by Department of NRI Affairs on Punjab Government Website-(www.punjab.gov.in) or (http://www.nripunjab.gov.in)
3 .The proposal to implement this scheme is attached as Annexure-
4.The CMM is requested to give its approval to the scheme shown under para 2.
5.The Hon’ble Chief Minister as Minister of NRIs Affairs Punjab has seen the memorandum and approved it.
6.The approval of the Hon’ble Chief Minister has been obtained to submit the Memorandum in CMM.