Indian Diaspora are ambassadors of India’s growth story, says Kiren Rijiju

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju interacting with the participants of ‘Know India Programme’ (KIP) from eight countries, organised by MEA in partnership with Andhra Pradesh Government, in New Delhi on December 08, 2018.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said the Indian Diaspora should act as ambassadors of India’s growth story and spread the good word about their experience in India upon their return. “Government recognizes the importance of the Indian Diaspora and has a well laid down policy for engaging with the Diaspora community. Our Diaspora community has been an important partner in India’s development. Over the course of your visit across India, you must have seen the development happening across the country,” he added.

He was interacting with a group of 40 Indian Diaspora youth, from eight countries, who are on a 25-day visit to India, under the 49th‘Know India Programme’ (KIP), being organised by the Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with Andhra Pradesh Government.

Rijiju said the government has instituted many revolutionary reforms for accelerating the development of the country that offer tremendous gainful opportunities to Diaspora. “Government of India has over the last four-and-a-half years launched several measures / programmes with scope of foreign/ NRI investment like Start-up India scheme, Make in India project along with significant reforms to improve Ease of Doing Business, Liberalization of FDI norms etc. The Government of India has given special focus on disinvestment strategy which offers significant scope of investment to NRIs,” he added.

 He encouraged the Indian Diaspora to avail of several schemes targeted towards the youth. “I invite the Indian origin youth to know more about scholarship programme GIAN (Global Initiative for Academic Network), VAJRA Faculty Scheme which aims to bring a strong international connect to the R&D ecosystem of India, Mission Shodh GANGA (Global Alliance for New Generation Acceleration), Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) and Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC),” he said.

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