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