Global Patidar Business Summit (GPBS) - 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Global Patidar Business Summit (GPBS) in Surat, Gujarat on 29 april via video conferencing.
Sardardham is organising GPBS under Mission-2026 to accelerate the socio-economic development of the Patidar community.
The summit is held every two years. The first two summits were held in Gandhinagar in 2020 and 2018 and the current summit is now being held in Surat.
The main theme of GPBS-2022 - Atma Nirbhar Community to Atma Nirbhar Gujarat and India.
Aims of the Summit -
to bring together small, medium and large enterprises within the community.
nurture and support new entrepreneurs
provide training and employment assistance to the educated youth.
Who are the Patidars?
The Patidars or Patels claim themselves to be descendants of Lord Rama.
They are divided into two main sub-castes: Leuva Patels and Kadva Patels
The Patidars are spread throughout Gujarat, except in the eastern tribal belt, with high concentrations in northern Gujarat and Saurashtra.
‘Patidar’ means one who owns a strip of land.
Post independence, tenants got land ownership rights, and thus Patidars became lords of large swathes of prime agricultural land.
In mediaeval society, they were placed better in the caste hierarchy.
Patidars represent 12.3% of the population of Gujarat.
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