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Diaspora Must be Part of India’s Development: Modi

The Indian diaspora must be a part of the country's development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday, a day after ending a visit to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji | PTI File Photo

The Indian diaspora must be a part of the country’s development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday, a day after ending a visit to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji | PTI File Photo

NEW DELHI: The Indian diaspora must be a part of the country’s development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday, a day after ending a visit to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji.

“We want to create an environment where our diaspora also feel that they can contribute towards India’s development journey,” he said in a blog.

“That is also the reason I urged NRIs to keep sharing their views and thoughts (with the Indian government),” he added.

“On a personal note, the affection (I got) from the Indian community was touching,” Modi said.

“Be it in Myanmar, Australia and Fiji, I will not be able to describe their warmth in words.

“I could see that they were proud of India and the changes happening in India. I could see dreams and expectations in their eyes.

“As I said during the Indian community programme in Sydney, we are fully aware of the expectations and we will leave no stone unturned in creating the India of their dreams,” he added.

During his three-nation visit that lasted 10 days, Modi announced visa-on-arrival facilities.

“It is our aim to make the diaspora an integral part of our development journey and since the last few months we have channelised our efforts in this regard.”

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