PM Narendra Modi  |  Photo Credit: ANI
- ‘The govt was always sensitive to the needs of the Indian diaspora, especially in the Gulf’
- ‘Over 50 lakh Indians came back home under the Vande Bharat Mission. Many of them were from Kerala’
- ‘It was our govt’s honour to serve them in such a sensitive time’
New Delhi: On a brief visit to Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is proud of its diaspora in the Gulf region. Mentioning ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ to bring back stranded Indians, the PM said it was an honour to serve them in such a sensitive time.
“I shared meals with them and interacted with them. Over 50 lakh Indians came back home under the Vande Bharat Mission. Many of them were from Kerala. It was our government’s honour to serve them in such a sensitive time,” he added.
He also assured the diaspora saying Indians working in the gulf should know they have the full support of our government.
India is proud of its diaspora in the Gulf
“It was an honour to be able to spend time with them during my previous visits to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Bahrain,” said the PM.
In Kerala, the PM dedicated to the nation a Rs 6,000 crore petrochemical complex of oil major Bharat Petroleum here and Ro-Ro vessels of Inland Waterways at Willingdon Islands saying these projects would energise India’s growth trajectory.
The PM also raised the issue of detention of Indians in Gulf saying the governments of various gulf nations have also kindly released various Indians who were sadly in prisons there.
‘The govt was always sensitive to the needs of the Indian diaspora’
“Our government will always speak up for such people. I thank the governments of various gulf nations for their sensitive approach on this subject. Gulf kingdoms responded to my personal appeals and took special care and took care of our community,” he added.
Speaking on Aatmanirbhar Bharat, the PM said that Indians have shown that with the right opportunity, they can do wonders.
Let us keep working to create those opportunities and together we will build an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, the PM said.
He further said that actions taken by his government today will shape our growth trajectory in the years to come.
India has the ability to rise to the occasion and contribute to the global good, the PM said.