India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lived up to his mantra of “sabka saath sabka vikas” (development for all) by empowering Indians not just in the country but also those living abroad, External Affairs Minister (MEA) Sushma Swaraj said today. At a function to mark three years of the Modi government, Swaraj said empowerment of all sections of society, including women, youth and the poor, lies at the core of the schemes and programmes launched by the government.
“In his first address in Parliament after becoming the prime minister, Modi announced that his government was for the weak and poor people and he has lived up to it by empowering rather than giving out freebies to the people through his schemes,” the Minister said.
The function, organised by the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was attended by beneficiaries of schemes such as Mudra, Kaushal Vikas Yojna, Jan Dhan and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna.
“The Modi government has also empowered Indians living in other countries and they believe it will come to their rescue whenever they will need help,” Swaraj said.
In the last three years, the government had managed to evacuate 1.25 lakh people from troubled places in different parts of the world. “Of this, the government paid for the evacuation of over 80,000 people. From Yemen, where only India could manage to evacuate people, we also helped and took out 1,947 foreigners, including three Pakistani nationals,” Swaraj said.
Under the leadership of PM Modi, India was deciding global agenda, she said. “World leaders look up to him since they feel that without the cooperation of our country international efforts will not succeed,” she added.
“The prime minister only suggested holding an International Yoga Day on June 21, and within a record time of 75 days it was accepted by the United Nations with 177 countries coming forward as co-sponsors of the proposal and none against it.”