Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

Salient Points of PM Modi’s address at the inauguration of the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention in Bengaluru on 08 Jan, 2017

  • It is a great pleasure for me to welcome all of you on this 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas
  • Indians abroad are valued not just for their strength in numbers. They are respected for the contributions they make
  • The Indian diaspora represents the best of Indian culture, ethos and values
  • Engagement with the overseas Indian community has been a key area of priority
  • Remittance of close to sixty nine billion dollars annually by overseas Indians makes an invaluable contribution to the Indian economy
  • NRIs and PIOs have made outstanding contributions to their chosen fields
  • The welfare and safety of all Indians abroad is our top priority
  • The security of Indian nationals abroad is of utmost importance to us
  • EAMSushma Swaraj has particularly been proactive and prompt in reaching out to distressed Indians abroad using social media
  • For those workers who seek economic opportunities abroad, our effort is to provide maximum facilitation and ensure least inconvenience
  • I would again encourage all PIO Card holders to convert their PIO Cards to OCI Cards
  • We welcome all your efforts that seek to strengthen India’s partnership with the overseas Indian community
  • Our diaspora has supported the Government’s moves against corruption and black money