Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2018: Not eyeing foreign territories to exploit resources, says Modi

New Delhi, Jan 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Parliamentary Conference at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra on Tuesday.

Addressing participants from various corners of the world, Modi 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”.

The Prime Minister’s remarks come amid India’s strong objections to Chinese investments in the disputed Pakistan-administered Kashmir where Beijing is constructing roads and power projects.

India celebrates January 9 as the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (PBD) to mark the contribution of overseas persons with Indian origin in building India. Around 124 Members of Parliament and 17 mayors from 23 countries attended the conference.

In his speech Modi said his government was following the “guiding priciple” of “reform to transform” that helped India to move way ahead of the “jaisa pehle tha vaisa chalta rahega, kuch badlega nahi” attitude.

“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. The World BAnk, the IMF, Moody’s are looking at India in a positive way.”

He said the government’s aim was to curb corruption and with the implementation of GST, it has removed many tax slabs and brought about transparency in transactions in various businesses.

“Keeping in mind the needs of 21st century, the government is increasing the investment in technology, transportation,” he said.

Praising the contribution of overseas Indians, PM stated  “influencing the geo-politics of where you live and how you are making policies”.

“We feel proud. If I talk about politics, I can see that there is a mini world Parliament of Indian origin sitting in front of me. I can imagine how happy your ancestors must be on seeing you all here.”

The Prime Minister asserted ” The 21st Century was being considered the Asian century and India would be a major player and “you shall feel proud about our growth, hence inspiring us to work even harder”.


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