Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra to be renamed after Sushma Swaraj: MEA

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The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday announced that in a solemn tribute to the invaluable contribution of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Indian diplomacy, the government has decided to rename Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan and also renamed the Foreign Service Institute in the national capital as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.

The announcement was made on the eve of the birth anniversary of Sushma Swaraj and in the honour of the legacy and decades of public service of the former External Affairs Minister.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a tweet said, “Glad to announce that the Government has decided to rename Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan and Foreign Service Institute as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service. A fitting tribute to a great public figure who continues to inspire us.”

“We all fondly remember Smt Sushma Swaraj, who would have turned 68 tomorrow. The #MEA family misses her in particular.” Jaishankar added.

Sushma Swaraj was passed away at the age of 67 at AIIMS on August 6, 2019.

Swaraj was elected seven times as a member of parliament and three times as a member of the legislative assembly. She served as the Minister of External Affairs of India from 26 May 2014 to 30 May 2019.