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GR News Desk | Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who his visiting his constituency of Varanasi Tuesday said that the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are India’s brand ambassadors and are the symbol of country’s capabilities.  “I consider NRIs India’s brand ambassadors. They are the symbols of our capacities and capabilities,” Modi said addressing the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in the city. “People of Indian origin are in leadership roles in countries such as Mauritius, Portugal, and Ireland,” he added.

Attacking the Congress at the convention, Modi alluded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s comment that only 15 paise of Re 1 reaches masses and said the Congress government had done nothing to stop the leakage. The “85 per cent loot” taking place during the Congress regime had been plugged “100 per cent” through technology, he was quoted as saying by PTI. He added that the BJP led government is doing efforts to stop the ‘leakage’ which cpuld have been done earlier in the previous regime but the Congress government did not have the will. 

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“Our government is moving towards ensuring that the aid given by the government is directly transferred to beneficiary accounts through direct benefit schemes,” Modi said.  “We have given about Rs 5,80,000 crore to people, transferred to their bank accounts through various schemes. Imagine, if the country was being run on the older system? Then Rs 4,50,000 crore would have vanished,” Modi went on to add.

PM Modi at Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas event in Varanasi (Source: twitter/@MEAIndia)

Using the platform to inform the gathering about his government-run schemes, Modi said that his government is moving towards ensuring that the aid is directly transferred to beneficiary accounts through direct benefit schemes. Mauritian Premier Pravind Jugnauth, who was the chief guest at the event praise PM Modi for his leadership and his global stewardship in promoting clean energy and for setting up the International Solar Alliance.

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MEA Sushma Swaraj at Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas event in Varanasi (Source: twitter/@MEAIndia)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also addressed the gathering on the day and hailed the contribution of NRIs towards the development of India.