Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Bengaluru earlier in the morning today and has inaugurated the14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas. Portuguese PM Antonio Costa is chief guest at the event who is in India for the seven day visit. PM Narendra Modi is speaking at the event and welcomed everyone at the occassion of the Divas and also gave tribute to former PM of Portugal Mario Soares.
"In this event you are both the guests and hosts. This event is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi" said PM Modi. He further said that all those Indians who stay in Foreign are respected not only for their strength in numbers but also for their contribution.
PM Modi further said that "The security of Indian nationals abroad is of utmost importance to us. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been prompt in reaching out to the Indians abroad through social media".
He also announced that for the Indian youths and workers seeking overseas employment there will be launch of scheme ‘Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana’.
He welcomed 160 young pravasi indians who were present at the event and said "We have taken a big step to erase black money. Some political parties are the supporters of black money. But the support extended by the pravasi Indians to help us in this step has been immense."
While concluding his speech at the end he said "I will say it with full confidence that 21st century belongs to India."