Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed Non-resident Indians (NRIs) as the country’s brand ambassadors and said that they were the symbols of India’s capacities and capabilities.
PM Modi made these remarks after inaugurating the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi.
"I consider NRIs India's brand ambassadors. They are the symbols of our capacities and capabilities," PM Modi said.
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"People of Indian origin are in leadership roles in countries such as Mauritius, Portugal and Ireland," he added.
Referring to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s comment that only 15 paise of Re 1 reaches masses, PM Modi alleged that the Congress government had done nothing to stop the leakage.
For the first time, the three-day convention is being organised from January 21 to 23 instead of January 9 to allow participants to visit the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad and attend the Republic Day parade in the national capital.
The theme of this year's convention is 'Role of Indian diaspora in building new India', a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.
(With PTI inputs)