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The Prime Minister said that as India is moving with the goal of Aatmnirbhar India, the overseas Indians have a major role to play as their use of made-in-India products will create more confidence in Indian products.



New Delhi: The Prime Minister,  Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas Convention today. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister complimented the overseas Indians for their role during the Corona pandemic in their respective countries. He said that during his discussions with the State Heads, he always felt pride in the overseas Indians when the Heads praised the Indian’s in their countries for their contribution as doctors, paramedics, and general citizens. He also noted the contribution of the overseas Indians in India’s fight against COVID.

Noting India’s role in dealing with the Y2K crisis and strides made by the Indian pharma industry, the Prime Minister said that India’s capabilities always benefit humanity. India is always at the forefront of mitigation of global challenges. India’s lead in the fight against colonialism and terrorism gave strength to the world to face these menaces.

The Prime Minister said that much of the credit for the world’s trust in India, its food, fashion, family values, and business values go to the overseas Indians. The conduct of the overseas Indians created an interest in the Indian way and values and what started as curiosity turned into a convention. The Prime Minister said that as India is moving with the goal of Aatmnirbhar India, the overseas Indians have a major role to play as their use of made-in-India products will create more confidence in Indian products. 

The Prime Minister also explained to the diaspora, India’s capable response to the pandemic. He said globally, there is no other example of this kind of democratic unity against the virus. Despite dependence on critical things like PPE kits, masks, ventilators, or testing kits, India developed its capabilities not only to become self-reliant but started exporting many things. Today, India is among the countries with the least fatality rate and fastest recovery rate. As the pharmacy of the world, India is helping the world and the entire world is looking at India as the country prepares to embark upon the largest vaccination program in the world with two Indigenously developed vaccines.

The Prime Minister outlined the progress made by the country in reining in corruption through direct benefit transfer (DBT) which came in for global praise during the pandemic period. Similarly, empowerment of the poor and strides in the field of renewable energy are bringing laurels to the country.

The Prime Minister pointed out that today’s India’s space program, tech start-up ecosystem, its ‘unicorns’ are subverting the age-old narrative of India’s illiteracy. He invited the overseas Indians to take advantage of the reforms undertaken during the recent months in areas ranging from education to enterprise. He specially mentioned Production Linked Subsidies Scheme to popularize manufacturing in this regard.

The Prime Minister assured the diaspora of all the support from their motherland. He mentioned Vande Bharat Mission in which more than 45 lakh Indians were rescued during Corona times. He also informed about the diplomatic efforts to protect the employment of the overseas Indians. There has been an initiative of 'Skilled Workers Arrival Database for Employment Support' (SWADES) for returning immigrants from the Gulf and another area. He also talked about the Global Pravasi Rishta portal for better connectivity and communication with the Pravasi Bhartiya.

The Prime Minister thanked H.E. Mr. Chandrikapersad Santokhi, Hon’ble President of the Republic of Suriname for his leadership and keynote address. He expressed hope to meet him soon. Shri Modi also congratulated the winners of Pravasi Bhartiya Samman and winners of the quiz competition.

The Prime Minister asked the diaspora to participate in the celebration of 75th anniversary of the country’s freedom. He asked the members of the diaspora and people in Indian Missions the world over to prepare a portal, a digital platform where the contribution of the Pravasi Bhartiya in the freedom struggle of India can be documented. 

Posted Date :  09-01-21

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