PM Modi hails Indian diaspora, says they support Govt’s fight against black money
"It is unfortunate that our fight against black money, corruption is being termed anti-people by �rajnitik pujaris�," PM added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the inauguration of 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Bengaluru today praised Indian diaspora saying they are role models for other communities across the globe.
"There are over 30 million overseas Indians living abroad...their footprints are all over the world...Indians abroad are valued not for their strength in numbers ...they are respected for their contributions to India and societies where they live. In foreign lands and communities across the globe...the Indian diaspora represents for their values, they are hardworking and law abiding and peace loving and are role models for other communities," the PM said.
"For my government and for me personally, engagement with Indian community (abroad) is a priority...I have interacted with hundreds during my travel to other countries," he said referring names of several countries.
The security of Indian nationals abroad is our utmost importance, Modi added.
“Indian diaspora has made invaluable contribution to our economy; We want to change brain drain to brain gain,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister said “We don’t see the colour of passports, but the relations written by blood.” “The diaspora has contributed $69 billion to the economy” and further added “it represents the best of Indian ethos, culture and values,” he said.
We have taken several measures to protect Indian immigrants, the Prime Minister said and also counted India's several efforts in the past to rescue Indian nationals from conflict zones. Modi said "Security of Indians abroad is of utmost importance" and added that "External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been proactive, prompt in helping distressed Indians abroad."
We are also taking strict actions against illegal immigrants, Modi added.
Modi encouraged PIO card holders to convert their cards to OIC cards and announced that his government will soon launch skill development program, Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojna, for Indian youth who seek employment overseas.
Prime Minister said "Graft, black money is making our politics, society hollow. It is unfortunate that there are some “political worshippers” of black money."
"It is unfortunate that our fight against black money, corruption is being termed anti-people by ‘rajnitik pujaris’," he added.
Earlier, PM Modi offered condolences to the people and government of Portugal on passing away of Mr Mario Soares, former PM of Portugal.
Being held for the first time in Karnataka at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre on the city's outskirts, the three-day event has drawn about 1,800 NRIs from 72 countries to redefine their engagement with their motherland.
The Pravasi Divas had traditionally been held on January 9 to commemorate the return of Mahatma Gandhi as 'Pravasi' from South Africa to India.
President Pranab Mukherjee will confer Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards and deliver the valedictory address on Monday.
Portugese Prime Minister Antonio Costa attended the meet as the chief guest while Suriname's Vice-President Michael Ashwin Adhin was the special guest in the meeting.