We want "man ka rishta" with Indian diaspora: Rajnath

Gandhinagar, Jan 9: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that the government is not just looking at investments by the people of Indian origin living across the world but also wants to have deeper ties with the Indian Diaspora.

"Please don't feel that we are looking only at investments from you...it is not 'dhan ka rishta' that we are looking, but a 'man ka rishta'," Singh said addressing the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas here. We are very proud of the contribution of the people of Indian origin and we cannot forget this grouping's contribution in the India story, he said.

'Self-reliant India is need of hour'

The Home Minister also acknowledged that if any ill happens in the country, the PIOs and NRIs also feel hurt even though they are based in a different part of the world. Calling the diaspora as 'Swadeshi', irrespective of the country they are residing in, Singh said that the country needs them to contribute in multiple ways on this journey of transformation that India has begun.

"We want to create a self-esteemed, self-reliant and a strong India, and cannot achieve the objective without your contribution," Singh said, addressing the flagship conclave of the diaspora. Just like Mahatma Gandhi's vision, the Modi government is working to have an integrated development of the country which entails equal attention to the villages, he said, appealing the diaspora to help create jobs in the rural areas.

Drawing attention towards the government's flagship 'Make in India' initiative, Singh said the objective of turning India into a manufacturing powerhouse cannot be realised without active support from the NRIs and PIOs.

Indian diaspora is a "great capital" for the country which needs to be nurtured, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said yesterday as he sought its cooperation in transforming India which awaits them with opportunities. Reaching out to the expatriates, Modi had recalled how once adversity, courage and urge to explore new avenues for livelihood motivated their ancestors to leave Indian shores, but now the country had "risen with great strength" where "great opportunities" awaited them.


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