(GIST OF YOJANA) 1st PIO-Parliamentarian Conference [FEB-2018]


(GIST OF YOJANA) 1st PIO-Parliamentarian Conference

[FEB-2018]


1st PIO-Parliamentarian Conference

The First PIO Parliamentarian Conference was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in New Delhi on January 9, 2018. 141 Members of Parliament and Mayors of Indian descent were invited to attend the conference At a media briefing, the Secretary CPA & OIA, Ministry of External Affairs said that people of Indian Origin (PIO) have contributed considerably to the economy and social upliftment of the countries in which they lived. Languages like Hindi, Bhojpuri, folklore such as Ramayana, literature from India traditional cuisine etc, have not only survived but are flourishing in these countries as Indian migrants in these countries were determined to preserve their traditions, norms and customs. By a rough calculation there are over 270 people of Indian descent sitting in various parliaments and occupying various positions starting from the Head of Government, Head of State, Ministers as well as the Speakers and then the Members of Parliament. The conference was organized in keeping with the Prime Minister's endeavours to persuade PIOs to connect with India and avail of any opportunities India offered them Highlights of the Prime Minister's speech at the inaugural session of the PIO-Parliamentarian Conference.

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While many people may have left India over the course of hundreds of years, India continues to have a place in their minds and hearts. It appears as if a Mini World Parliament of Indian origin is gathered in Delhi today. He noted that persons of Indian origin are today Prime Ministers of Mauritius, Portugal and Ireland. He added that persons of India have also been Heads of State and Heads of Government in many other countries . The global impression about India as changed over the last three to four years. He said the reason for this is that India is transforming itself PIOs are like permanent ambassadors of India, wherever they reside . The Government believes that NRIs are partners for India's development. He said that NRIs have an important position in the Action Agenda till 2020, drafted by the NITI Aayog.

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