Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

PM Narendra Modi calls on PIO lawmakers to help boost India's growth

PM Narendra Modi calls on PIO lawmakers to help boost India's growth

"Whenever I travel to a country, it remains my effort to ensure that I meet the people of Indian origin living there". In the first PIO Parliamentary Conference held in the national capital, to forge ties with PIOs, he said that India's humanity in responding to the crisis at world level have shown that India's humanity is a part of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which means "World is our family". Some were taken forcefully, some with deceit.

The prime minister said that while many people may have left India over the course of hundreds of years, India continues to have a place in their minds and hearts.

Addressing the first PIO Parliamentarians Conference here, he said India has always played a constructive role in the world arena.

Babbar said the prime minister should have told the Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) that fresh investment in 2014, during the UPA government of Manmohan Singh, was Rs 16.2 lakh crore and it came down to Rs 7.9 lakh crore in 2017. He added that while they kept the Indian-ness alive in themselves, they also imbibed the language, food, and dress of those countries.

"Today, bodies like the World Bank, IMF and Moody's are looking at India in a very positive way", he said. Today people of Indian origin are PMs in Mauritius, Portugal, and Ireland. "On the other hand your people have excelled in sports, arts, cinema in the global platforms and have contributed to your adopted country's welfare", Mr. Modi said in Hindi.

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"If the world has changed its view about India in the past three or four years, it is because India itself has changed", Prime Minister said. India's growing economy and power will certainly make you proud and it will inspire us to work even harder, " he said.

He noted that there was an "irreversible change" sweeping India, and urged the leaders to come forward to join hands.

An External Affairs Ministry initiative, primarily that of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the Conference brought together 120 lawmakers from 23 countries. The "MADAD" portal for real time monitoring and response of consular grievances has been active, he said.

The prime minister said that PIOs are like permanent ambassadors of India, wherever they reside, and he always attempts to meet them when he is travelling overseas. He said that NRIs have an important position in the Action Agenda till 2020, drafted by the NITI Aayog.

Modi told the PIO lawmakers that the values of Indian culture and civilisation can guide a world gripped in increasing instability. He also spoke of the various economic steps his government had taken which e said had benefited the poor and youth, referring to flagship programmes like Skill India, Start-up India, Stand-up India and Mudra Yojana schemes.

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