You Shall Feel Proud About Our Growth, Says PM Modi At First PIO Parliamentary Conference

| January 9 , 2018 , 13:56 IST

Indian nationals, wherever they have gone, have brought name, fame and pride to the nation. Marking the day Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa on January 9, 1915, the day is celebrated annually as Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (PBD), honouring the contributions of Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) towards their homeland.

This year for the first time, a PIO Parliamentary Conference was organised on Tuesday in Delhi, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the keynote speaker. Around 124 members of parliament (MPs) and 17 mayors will be participating from 23 countries including UK, USA, South Africa, Canada, Fiji, Kenya, Mauritius, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

"No matter where they are, I can imagine how happy your ancestors must be on seeing you all here. When there is news about how you all are influencing the geo-politics of where you live and how you are making policies, we feel proud," said PM Modi.

"If I talk about politics, I can see that there is a mini world Parliament of Indian origin is sitting in front of me. Today, bodies like the World Bank, IMF & Moody's are looking at India in a very positive way," he said.

"India has moved way ahead of the 'jaisa pehle tha vaisa chalta rahega, kuch badlega nahi' thinking, aims and aspirations of our people are on an all time high and that is because of the transformation the country is going through," PM Modi said.

"Keeping in mind the needs of 21st century, the government is increasing the investment in technology, transportation. More than half the investment in sectors like construction, air transport, mining, computer software, hardware, electrical equipment & many others, till now has happened in the last three years," he said.

"During earthquake in Nepal, flood in Sri Lanka, water problems in Maldives; India was the first to respond. When crisis struck Yemen, we saved our 4,500 people as well as 2000 others. India's humanity even in grave situations like these is a part of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam," PM Modi continued.

"Sushma Swaraj ji not only takes care of Indian citizens but also the NRIs, under her our Ministry of External Affairs keeps an eye on problems of NRIs 24 by 7 with real time monitoring system," he said.

"21st century is being considered the Asian century and India will be a major player in this with the growing stature of our country and you shall feel proud about our growth, hence inspiring us to work even harder," he said.

"We do not intend to exploit anyone's resources, nor we are eyeing anyone's territory, our focus has always been on capacity building and resource development," said the Prime Minister.