New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention to mark the celebrations of 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, also known as NRI Day 2021. PBD convention is the flagship event of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and provides an important platform to engage and connect with overseas Indians.

During his address at the inauguration of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention, PM Modi hailed the contributions of the Indian residing overseas to the global community during the Covid-19 pandemic and expressed gratitude to them for their contribution to the PM Cares Fund. 

PM Modi also highlighted that the world is discussing India's efforts to empower the poor by using modern technology and said that the country is ready to save humanity with two 'Made in India' COVID-19 vaccines. 

"Today, India is ready to save humanity with two 'Made in India' COVID-19 vaccines. India has done this earlier and it is doing it now as well," the Prime Minister said at 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention. 

"The world is not only waiting for India's vaccines but is also keeping an eye on how India will conduct its vaccination drive. Whatever India has learned during the coronavirus pandemic, it has inspired the country to become self-reliant," he said. 

He added that India used to import PPE kits, masks, ventilators, and testing kits from outside but today the nation is self-reliant. "When India stood up against terrorism, the world too got the courage to face this challenge. Today, India is using technology to end corruption. Money worth lakhs and crores are directly being credited to the account of the beneficiaries," he said. 

"The ongoing campaign in India to empower the poor of the country is being discussed around the world. We have shown that in the sector of renewable energy, a developing country too can take lead," he added.

"Last year was a challenging year. The work done by Indian diaspora across the world and the way they fulfilled their duties, it is a matter of pride for the country. Many Indians living abroad have also lost their lives to Covid. I express my condolences to their families," he said. 

“Today we have been connected with the internet from various corners of the world but our minds are always connected with 'Maa Bharti'… In the last few months, I've had discussions with several heads of states. These heads of states have categorically mentioned how Persons of Indian Origin served their societies, from doctors to social workers to even commoners,” PM Modi added.

The Convention was held in a virtual format, as were the PBD Conferences held recently in the run-up to the Convention. The theme of the 16th PBD Convention 2021 is "Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat". The winners of the online Bharat ko Janiye Quiz for the youth were also announced during the event.

(With ANI Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan