PM Modi to launch Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Varanasi today: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India is today in a position to lead the world in several subjects. Inaugurating the 15th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in Varanasi, Modi mentioned about the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to say “through this medium, we want to take the world towards One World, One Sun, One Grid”.
Without naming Rajiv Gandhi, he alluded to the former prime minister’s remark that only 15 paise of Re 1 reaches the masses and said Congress governments over the years did nothing to stop the leakage.
Modi said his government gave about Rs 5,80,000 crore to the people directly through various schemes.
Addressing NRIs and Indian-origin people here, Modi described NRIs as India’s brand ambassadors and said they were the symbols of the country’s capabilities.
Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, who arrived in Delhi on Sunday on a nine-day visit, was the chief guest at the event. He surprised the guests when he delivered his keynote address in Hindi.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated once in two years. It is organised to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the government, reconnect them with their roots and celebrate their achievements and contributions. The 15th edition of the PBD began on Monday with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurating the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Speaking on the occasion, Swaraj lauded the role of Indian diaspora in changing the world’s perception about India.