PM Narendra Modi again won hearts with his electrifying speech at the ongoing 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Bengaluru.
In his inaugural speech, the PM announced a special skill development program - ‘Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojna’ for ‘young Indians who aspire to work abroad, but also encouraged Indian diaspora to contribute to India’s growth story.
Polishing communication skills
The ‘Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana’ is aimed at boosting the confidence level of young Indians so that they feel comfortable while landing in a foreign country. He emphasised on polishing the soft skills and overall personality development of youngsters seeking international jobs, he said, “Irrespective of the vocation they choose, the government would offer them skill development programme.”
Brain drain to brain gain
While referring to the cliché ‘brain drain’ Modi said, “We are converting that brain drain to brain gain. For those workers who seek economic opportunities abroad, our effort is to provide maximum facilitation and ensure least inconvenience”.
He also appreciated Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister for being proactive in reaching out to Indians stuck in a difficult situation through social media.
Narendra Modi, said, “We do not see the colour of passports, but the blood relations we share” (Hum Passport ka rang nahi dekhte hain, khoon ka rishta dekhte hain).
Contributing to India’s growth story
Prime Minister Narendra Modi did announce the ‘Kaushal Vikas Programme’ to empower the Indian youth so that they can better opportunities abroad, but he also urged Pravasis to also invest and contribute its expertise in their native country – India.
"To me, FDI means First Develop India through Foreign Direct Investment, whose norms have been fully liberalised for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and made on par with domestic firms for availing same benefits," said PM Modi.
PM Modi exhorted the Indian diaspora to participate in government’s flagship programme like Digital Indian, Make In India, Start-up India, Swachh Bharat (Clean India) and Namami Gange (Clean Ganga). "The diaspora can contribute to India by sparing their time and energy on implementing our flagship programmes and stay connected," he added.
He invited NRIs and PIOs to contribute in making India strong and self-reliant.