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PM Modi in Indonesia: 'My govt extended broadband facilities to 1.10 lakh villages, Foreign Exchange Reserve crossed $400 billion'

The prime minister also announced a 30-day free visa for Indonesian citizens and invited the diaspora to travel to their country of origin to experience the 'New India'.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Jakarta [ Updated: May 30, 2018 17:22 IST ]
PM Modi in Jakarta

PM Modi in Jakarta

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that time has arrived to start working to realise the dream of New India by 2022, when India will celebrate 75 years of her independence.

Addressing an impressive gathering of Indian diaspora at the Jakarta Convention Centre in the Indonesian capital, PM Modi said that his government's first priority was to make the country corruption free, citizen-centric and development friendly.

The prime minister also announced a 30-day free visa for Indonesian citizens and invited the diaspora to travel to their country of origin to experience the 'New India'.

"Not only do the names of our nations rhyme but also there is a distinct rhythm in the India-Indonesia friendship," PM Modi added.

"We will grant free of cost visa for Indonesian citizens for travel of up to 30 days," Modi said, amid applause.

"Many of you may never have been to India. I invite you all to come to India for the Kumbh in Prayag next year," Modi told the gathering.

Kumbh Mela is one of the largest human congregations on the Earth.

He also pointed out that the Foreign Exchange Reserve of the country has crossed $400 billion from $300 billion four years ago.

PM Modi further said that GST has given India both a better tax-compliance system as well as a better revenue system.

The prime minister reminded the audience that his government extended broadband facilities to 1.10 lakh villages of the country.

"We have gone a step ahead of ‘Ease of Doing Business.’ Our focus is ‘Ease of Living.’ Our processes are transparent and sensitive," PM Modi said.

Taking a dig at the previous governments, Modi said his first priority as a government was to make the country corruption free, citizen-centric and development friendly.

"Our government, has been making India ready according to the need and expectations of the 21st century," he said.

"We have gone a step ahead of Ease of Doing Business.' Our focus is Ease of Living.' Our processes are transparent and sensitive," Modi said.

In the last two-and-a-half years, more than 9,000 start-ups have been registered in India, he said, adding that the world's second largest start-up ecosystem is built in India.

"And my friends living in Indonesia, these are happening, laws are the same, officers are the same, offices are the same, tables and chairs are the same, only the government has changed and the country is changing," Modi said.

"If the policy is clear and intension pure, then development has to happen which we have shown," he asserted.

Prime Minister Modi, who arrived in Jakarta last night on his first-ever official visit to Indonesia, earlier met President Joko Widodo at the Merdeka palace, one of the presidential palaces in Indonesia.

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