BENGALURU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas In Bengaluru today. The chief guest of the event was, Prime Minister of Portugal Dr Antonio Costa. The 14th edition of the three-day event began in the country’s IT hub yesterday with the spotlight on the role of youth in transforming the society and India’s potential to play the role of a ‘Vishwa Guru’ again.
Yesterday, Union Ministers Vijay Goel, VK Singh, and RV Deshpande inaugurated the event.
The excerpts of the speech in quick 10 points:
- It is a great pleasure to welcome all of you on this 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. This day is a celebration to mark the return to India of one of the greatest Pravasi.
- Security of Indians utmost to India
- Engagement with the overseas Indian community has been a key area of priority. Will launch skill development programme, Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojna for Indian youth who seek employment overseas.
- Pravasi divas a tribute to a great pravasi, Mahatma Gandhi
- We don’t see the colour of passports, but the relations and urge PIO card holders to convert their PIO cards into OCI cards
- For those workers who seek economic opportunities abroad, our effort is to provide maximum facilitation and ensure least inconvenience
- NRIs and PIOs have made outstanding contributions to their chosen fields
- When people spoke of brain drain, it was believed that the brighter people went abroad seeking employment opportunities… but we are converting that brain drain to brain gain
- They are role models for immigrants from other backgrounds and countries they take values and culture wherever they go.
- The Indian diaspora have contributed their best towards progress in that country.Remittance of close to sixty-nine billion dollars annually by overseas Indians makes an invaluable contribution to the Indian economy
He also mentioned that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has particularly been proactive and prompt in reaching out to distressed Indians abroad using social media. At the end he wished to establish closer ties with the young overseas Indians
The three-day event will be an extravaganza of celebrating Indian Diaspora across the world.