Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017

President turns spotlight on vulnerable sections

Industries Minister R.V. Deshpande and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presented a memento to President Pranab Mukherjee at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on Monday.

Industries Minister R.V. Deshpande and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presented a memento to President Pranab Mukherjee at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on Monday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Bengaluru: As three days of celebrating Indians abroad came to an end on Monday, President Pranab Mukherjee highlighted the issues faced by Indians who probably did not make it to the grand event — temporary migrants.

Delivering the valedictory speech on the concluding day of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) on Monday, the President termed the condition of such migrants as ‘vulnerable’ without enjoying the privileges of citizenship in a foreign country, especially those in areas of strife and conflict.

"They are Indian citizens who migrate for employment as low-skilled and semi-skilled labour. They toil hard day and night, and save to send the fruits of their labour to India, to support their families back home. These remittances are the largest by any diaspora, at 12 per cent of the total global remittances, amounting to $69 billion in 2015," he said, adding that the government should focus on upgrading their skills to enhance their employability.

Women and girls vulnerable

The other vulnerable group Mr. Mukherjee spoke about was of women and girls marrying into NRI families. “Even as the government and its agencies deal with this issue, the concerns of this particular section can be most effectively addressed by the local community organisations,” he added.

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