Global Patidar Business Summit (GPBS) - 2022

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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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