Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has implored Persons of Indian Origin settled in various countries to invest back in India, especially in infrastructure, education, energy, water and agriculture sectors.
He was speaking after inaugurating the eleventh Pravasi Bharatiya Divas jointly organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
Promising all help to alleviate the problems faced by overseas Indians, Prime Minister said: “Though the primary responsibility is of the host countries, India would not lag behind in providing necessary assistance to Indians settled abroad”.
He said government would implement welfare measures such as insurance scheme for migrant labourers settled abroad, permanent welfare fund and special schemes to help vulnerable sections such as women who are settled in foreign shores.
Dr. Singh also said that country would go ahead with signing social security agreements with more countries to ensure the economic and social well beings of Indians settled abroad.
"The Prime Minister said this innings of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas has a special significance since it marked the centenary year of the ‘Ghadar’ movement . (Indians settled in California, mostly from the Punjab region had revolted against British rule in India by mobilising the Indian diaspora there).
The prime minister also released the first day covers and stamp in honour of the Ghadar movement. He also released a handbook for emigrants brought out by the Overseas Indian Affairs ministry.
President of Mauritius, Rajkeshwur Purryag, who was the chief guest, recalled that Mauritius and India shared a common thread in several aspects.
He said that divas had become a platform for goodwill among friendly countries and recalled that last year a regional version of divas was hosted by Mauritius. He pledged his country’s support to India in its quest for a permanent seat at the U.N. Security Council.
Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi welcomed the gathering.