We want to turn 'Brain-Drain' into 'Brain-Gain', says PM Modi
Modi also appreciated the work done by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and said that she has particularly been proactive and prompt in reaching out to distressed Indians abroad using social media
Bangaluru: Trying to attract the foreign investors to the country Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the support of Indians living abroad was crucial for the development of the nation. "We want to turn 'brain-drain' into 'brain-gain' and support of Indians living abroad is very important for this purpose," said the PM adding that Indian diaspora has always been the valuable partner in India's journey of development.
The PM was speaking while addressing the gathering at 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Bengaluru.
The Prime Minister also appreciated the Indians living abroad and said that they have a major role in spreading the nation's culture and ethos all over the world and also for contributing to India and the countries where they live. "About 30 million Indians who stay abroad are valued not just for strength in numbers but respected for contributions to India and countries where they live. The Indian diaspora represents the best of Indian culture, ethos, and values," the PM said.
Security of all Indians abroad is a top priority:
- The PM also said that for the government and for him personally engagement with overseas Indian community has been a priority.
- Remittance of close to sixty nine billion dollars annually by overseas Indians makes an invaluable contribution to the Indian economy, the PM stated.
- The Indian premier also assured that the directed embassies will be proactive towards needs and problems of Indian community abroad.
- We do not see the colour of the passport, but the blood ties, PM said while speaking in Bengaluru.
- Modi also appreciated the work done by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and said that she has particularly been proactive and prompt in reaching out to distressed Indians abroad using social media.
- In thee last two and a half years, 80,000 Indian nationals have been rescued by the Indian government and major credit for this goes to the minister of external affairs.
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What else he said:
- The government has decided to launch a skill development programmed named as Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojna for the Indian youth who are seeking employment overseas.
- I urge all the PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card holders to convert their cards to OCI (Overseas citizen of India) cards.
- I welcome the Know India Program' groups of young Indians from abroad who visited the programme.
- For me FDI stands for 'First Developed India' and not just Foreign Direct Investment alone.
- I want to extend my gratitude to the overseas Indians to support government's fight against black money and corruption.
- The 21st century belongs to India.
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