A government trust has inducted Art of Living foundation head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Parmarth Niketan Ashram chief Swami Chidanand Saraswati on its board.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed the new board members and sought their support and guidance in encouraging and enabling overseas Indians to make contributions. Swaraj is the chairperson of the India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI), a government-established body to facilitate contributions by overseas Indians for social projects in the country.
The decision was taken at the eighth meeting of the trust in New Delhi on Friday. Senior officials from the ministries of home affairs, external affairs and finance were among the participants. The newly appointed members also include Indian-American Bharat Barai.
The board members discussed ways to ensure contributions by overseas Indians to implement the government’s two flagship programmes – Swachh Bharat Mission and Clean Ganga initiative, the foundation said, adding they also discussed strategy to enhance contributions.
The IDF-OI is currently implementing eight projects in Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim and Telangana, and has several projects available for funding across the identified sectors, said an official statement.