The Pravai Bhartiya award is most prestigious award for Non Resident Indians (NRIs) honouring them for their service to the community in their adopted country. This year 15 NRIs were conferred this award and UAE bagged two of them.
Thamarassery Palorakunnummal Ashraf and Bharatkumar Shah received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from the Vice President of India Shri Hamid Ansari.
Mr. Ashraf was recognized for his service in facilitating the repatriation of dead bodies back to their homeland. He provided this service to nationals of over 35 countries without any fees for his services.
Mr. Bharat Kumar Shah is a prominent businessman and philanthropist. He is listed in the Forbes 40 most influential Indians in the region and is well known for his service to the Indian community.