Speaking at 14th convention of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the contribution made by Indian diaspora the nations across the world. PM Modi spoke vividly on the concerns and development of Non-resident-Indians living across the world. He hailed Bharatiyata and Khoon Ka Rishta with the people of Indian origin living across the world. He said that people who are residing on foreign lands, represents the best of Indian culture, ethos and values.
“The Indian diaspora represents the best of Indian culture, ethos and values,” PM said. “Indian diaspora is our valuable partner in India’s journey of development,” PM said. ” For my govt and for me personally engagement with overseas Indian community has been a priority,” said PM Modi. “The Indian diaspora represents the best of Indian culture, ethos and values,” he added.
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“30mn Indians abroad are valued not just for strength in numbers but respected for contributions to India & countries where they live,” PM said. “Indians abroad are valued not just for their strength in numbers. They are respected for the contributions they make,” Modi said. PM Modi also announced skill development programme, Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojna, for the ones who are willing to serve overseas. “Will launch skill development program, PM Narendra Modi announces Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojna,” PM said. PM said that there is a special focus on India diaspora in grimitiya countries. Urging NRIs to develop India first, he redefined FDI as First Develop India. “For me, FDI has two definitions — one is ‘Foreign Direct Investment’ and the other is ‘First Develop India’,” he said, asserting that “I can say with full confidence that 21st century belong to India,” he said.
Referring to the earlier trend of brain drain, he said “we want to change brain drain to brain gain” and added that the government will soon launch a skill development programme ‘Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojna’ for the Indian youth seeking employment abroad. Encouraging all PIO Card holders to convert their PIO Cards into OCI Cards, Modi said “we have extended the deadline for PIO card conversions to OCI from 31 December 2016, until June 30, 2017 without any penalty.”
The Prime Minister haied MEA Sushma Swaraj’s various measures for welfare and safety of Indians abroad. He mentioned the efforts of government, and assistance provided to the people abroad by Sushma Swaraj’s ministry.