Bengaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday said Karnataka has always ready to receive Indian diaspora with open arms in the future in order to keep discussions and engagements moving forward.
Speaking at the valedictory function of 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 here at Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the importance of personal was often undermined in a world which is increasingly depending on digital technology for all forms of communication. “In keeping with the theme of this year’s Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, this platform has enabled a personal connection which has helped `Redefine Engagement with the Indian Diaspora’. It created new bridges, forged new partnerships and most importantly it has brought all of us closer to our roots and to each other. This event also strengthened the bridge between India and the countries you now reside in. Let us all continue to interact, integrate and work towards shared progress and prosperity,’’ the chief minister said.
He said the state government would continue to actively engage with the overseas Indian community and explore all possible avenues to make them valued partners in the building of a strong and prosperous Karnataka. “Let me reiterate that each one of you can play an important role in the growth and development of India. Whether you are scholars, scientists, professionals, businessmen and or even workers, you have your experience, expertise, and knowledge gained as a result of your life abroad which can be of immense benefit to India. Many of you can also help in guiding more Foreign Direct Investment to India by educating your colleagues and friends abroad of the business opportunities that exist in India,’’ he said.
The chief minister said more than 20,000 delegated had attended the event and the plenary session saw full attendance wherein a plethora of ideas were discussed and debated.” It is a matter of great pride to us that overseas Indians are highly respected for their work culture, discipline, professionalism and successful integration with local communities. Please do remember at all times that wherever you are, you are the brand ambassador of India. We showcased the Art and Culture of Karnataka and had organized special package tours to suit everyone’s time and interest. I hope many of you were able to take advantage of these organized tours and had a chance to see our State,’’ he said.