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Last updated: 08 Dec, 2018  

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SME Times News Bureau | 08 Dec, 2018

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said Indian Diaspora should act as ambassadors of India's growth story and spread the good word about their experience in India upon their return.

Addressing 40 Indian Diaspora youth from eight countries are in India as part of the 25-day visit under the 49th 'Know India Programme' (KIP), the minister said, “Government recognizes the importance of the Indian Diaspora and has a well laid down policy for engaging with the Diaspora community. Our Diaspora community has been an important partner in India's development. Over the course of your visit across India, you must have seen the development happening across the country.”

            He added the government has instituted many revolutionary reforms for accelerating the development of the country that offer tremendous gainful opportunities to Diaspora.

“Government of India has over the last four-and-a-half years launched several measures / programmes with scope of foreign/ NRI investment like Start-up India scheme, Make in India project along with significant reforms to improve Ease of Doing Business, Liberalization of FDI norms etc. The Government of India has given special focus on disinvestment strategy which offers significant scope of investment to NRIs,” he said.

Rijiju encouraged the Indian Diaspora to avail of several schemes targeted towards the youth.

“India is the only country which has an ocean named after it,” Shri Rijiju said. “India is a vast experience, - from the coast to the mountains and from the marshes and deserts to the mangrove forests. Find time and visit remote villages located at more than 15,000 feet high altitudes,” Rijiju told the curious youth.

He said the next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention is significantly being organized in the ancient Varanasi city next month.

“We are adding components of the Kumbh Snan and Republic Day celebrations for the Diaspora. We are also inviting the KIP groups to participate in the PBD Convention 2019. We are also organizing a special Pravasi Teerth Yatra for the elderly Diaspora. I would urge you to tell your relatives participate in these programmes in great numbers,” he said.

 
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