Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the first Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Parliamentary Conference at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in Delhi. PM welcomed participants and delegates at the inaugural session and said, “From every corner of the world, we are seeing participants in India.” As many as 124 Members of Parliament and 17 mayors from 23 countries are participating in this conference.
Hailing their achievements across the world, PM Modi said that Indians integrate themselves fully into the country they work in, they make it their home and keep alive Bharatiya values while occupying positions of significance that bring pride to the nation on the global platform. “No matter where they are, I can imagine how happy your ancestors must be on seeing you all here,” PM Modi said. Modi said that there is a feeling of being pride that is generated when there is news about how Indians are influencing geo-politics where they live and how they are affecting policies of the countries that they reside in.
PM said that the country is undergoing a great transformation, the ”Chalta Hai” attitude has been replaced and that India has moved way ahead of the ‘jaisa pehle tha, vaisa chalta rahega, kuch badlega nahi’ thinking. He said that India has come a long way, there is an irreversible change in every sector. As a result, World Bank, IMF, Moody’s are looking at India positively. He said that aims and aspirations of the people are at an all-time high and that is because of the transformation the country is going through. “Today, bodies like the World Bank, IMF & Moody’s are looking at India in a very positive way,” PM said.
PM said that keeping in mind the needs of 21st century, the government is increasing investment in technology and transportation. ” Highway, railways, I-ways, ports – all are connected and interconnected. We have we have made a number of areas a priority. New rail lines are launched on priority, more roads and their development is on track, cargo handling growth, which was negative, is now positive.”
PM highlighted the fact that in last three years, three crore new entrepreneurs have been added. While more than half the investment in sectors like construction, air transport, mining, computer software, hardware, electrical equipment and many others has happened over the last three years.
PM Modi also spoke about how India came forward to help the neighbouring countries during natural calamities. He said India was the first to respond during the earthquake in Nepal, floods in Sri Lanka and also during water problems in Maldives. When crisis struck Yemen, India saved as many as 4,500 of its own people and some 2000 of other nationalities. “India’s humanity even in grave situations like these, is a part of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” said PM Modi.
PM also appreciated Sushma Swaraj, the Minister of External Affairs of India and said that she not only takes care of Indian citizens but also the NRIs. He further said that under her the Ministry of External Affairs keeps an eye on problems of NRIs 24/7 with a real-time monitoring system.
Prime Minister said that Pravasi Bharatiyas are the partners in growth, catalysts for the country’s development and are the one who can take India to greater heights on the global platform. PM said 21st century is being considered the Asian century and India will be a major player in this with the growing stature of the country. PM highlighted the guiding principle of his government – Reforms to transform – and said that ruling BJP dispensation at the Centre has introduced far-reaching reforms.
PM brought Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings into the light and said that they have become more relevant in today’s world of radicalisation. “India’s inclusive philosophy sends a powerful message to the world,” PM said. “We do not intend to exploit anyone’s resources, nor we are eyeing anyone’s territory, our focus has always been on capacity building and resource development,” PM also added.
Every year, January 9 is celebrated as Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD), an annual celebratory day that marks the contribution of overseas persons of Indian origin (PIO) towards their homeland. This is the first PIO-Parliamentary Conference and is a way of reaching out to the Indian community overseas by the government.