1/23/2019 3:30:54 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Striking a positive chord with the Indian diaspora present at the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described NRIs as India’s brand ambassadors who were also symbols of the country’s capabilities.
"I consider NRIs India's brand ambassadors. They are the symbols of our capacities and capabilities," he told the gathering. "People of Indian origin are in leadership roles in countries such as Mauritius, Portugal and Ireland," he added.
Ahead of the general elections, the Prime Minister alluded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's comment that only 15 paise of Re 1 reaches masses and said the Congress government had done nothing to stop the loot.
But the present government’s direct benefit schemes would prevent this. "We have given about Rs 5,80,000 crore to people, transferred to their bank accounts through various schemes. Imagine, if the country was being run on the older system? Then Rs.4,50,000 crore would have vanished," PM Modi said.
Mauritian Premier Pravind Jugnauth, who is the chief guest for the three-day event, also spoke on the occasion and hailed Modi’s Skill India and the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' schemes.