10 January, 2017
- Brain drain has been considered a loss for the country as Indians went overseas seeking jobs and better life.
He thanked overseas Indians for the support they had extended to his efforts and policies against black money and corruption.
"You have various objectives and paths".
"We are happy that the government has given us time till June 30, 2017, for exchange of old notes", Thomas Abraham, who founded GOPIO and is now its "wise man", said.
Kannadigas residing in the Gulf also complained that they were being looked upon as cash cows and sometimes despite having income at par with the Indian middle-class, their children are charged more at school, colleges and universities just because they work in the Gulf. They will not bother having an emotional and comprehensive connect and engagement with India.
The Prime Minister said, Government wants to turn the brain drain into brain gain and the support of Non Resident Indians is very important in it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This year the 14th PBD Convention is to be held in partnership with Karnataka on theme "Redefining Engagement with the Indian Diaspora". "They are co-travellers in the development of the nation", he said. This along with a slowdown in the economy in the Middle East, is a big concern for people of Indian origin. Sushma Swaraj has been proactive, prompt in helping distressed Indians overseas, said Modi.
At its just-ended two-day convention in Bangalore, GOPIO demanded time till the end of this year for Indians overseas to exchange demonetised notes in their possession. "For this, we are strengthening the entire ecosystem of our administrative arrangements", he said.
The President said, "As a people exposed to the best of western technology and yet having their civilisational moorings in the ageless and eternal ethos of India, you are doubly blessed".
PM Modi said that the government is working to put in place procedures for making descendants of the contract labour living in Fiji and other countries eligible for OCI cards.
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"And, the grievances, complaints and petitions of the Indian migrant workers continue to be addressed online through e-Migrate and MADAD platforms".
"We do not see the colour of the passport".
"In situations of distress faced by Indian nationals, we have reached out to ensure their safety, rescue and repatriation". In the last two years, we facilitated the repatration of over 90,000 Indian nationals from almost 54 countries.
"For every Indian overseas, home should never be far away", he said.
"We will shortly launch a skill development programme, the Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana, targeted at Indian youth seeking overseas employment", the Prime Minister said.
"Visiting such conventions is fruitful as we get to know about the initiatives taken by the states, which keeps us informed about what's happening in our country of origin in terms of opportunities and also culturally, " said70-year-old PIO, who travelled to Bengaluru from Austria with her family to attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
The PM said his government will soon launch a skill development programme for young Indians seeking jobs overseas.
The President released a compilation of the speeches made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on foreign affairs and delivered during his travels overseas between 2014 and 2015. "Like my request at the last Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, I would again encourage all PIO Card holders to convert their PIO Cards to OCI Cards", hesaid.
Though the conversion announcement was made, a clear deadline from when the charge would be applied for the conversion was not mentioned. "In the second edition this year, I hope to see the participation of at least fifty thousand young overseas Indians", he said.