Prime Minister Narendra Modi listed hailing the emergence of India as a global leader in every sphere at the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lamented at the Congress culture that turned away from tackling rampant corruption and allowed 85% of the middle class tax payer's money to be siphoned off as leakages.
He said that his government had acted swiftly to end this loot culture. Highlighting this year's theme.....role of Indian Diaspora in building New India.... Prime Minister Modi urged Pravasi Bharatiyas' to do their bit in transforming the nation.
Prime Minister also highlighted the steps taken by his government to increase engagement with the diaspora.
Embassies and Counsulates across the world are joining the Passport Seva Project. This will help in setting up a Centralized System. Going a step further, work is on to issue chip based E-passports. The e-Visa facility not only saves time but also ensures ease of travel & business.
Procedures for converting PIO Cards to OCI Cards has also been simplified.
Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth the Chief Guest of the 15th PBD greeted the gathering in Hindi. He said that the massive participation of NRIs and PIOs reflects the deep connect they share with India. Speaking in Hindi, PM Juganauth described Kashi as the cradle of Indian culture & civilisation. He announced that his country will organize a Bhojpuri Mahotsav and hailed Prime Minister Modi's leadership.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj saluted Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee who is the father of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. She credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reviving the concept that had been neglected for decades.
Varanasi Prime Minister 's Lok Sabha constituency is hosting this year's PBD. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath thanked PM Modi for selecting UP to be the partner state for this year's event. He also hailed Prime Minister for his role in UNESCO recognizing Kumbh as an Intangible Heritage. He said that Varanasi has touched new heights under the care of PM Modi since 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
MEA has been organizing a Bharat ko Janiye quiz since 2015. Prime Minister Narendra gave away the prizes to the winners. Among other things, they will get to take a fortnight long tour of India called Bharat ko Janiye Yatra.