Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017

Minister puts PM in league of Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi found himself in the august company of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda. For, the Union Minister of State for Youth and Sports Affairs Vijay Goel, addressing the young Indian diaspora, put the Prime Minister behind the two to be country’s leaders inspiring youth.

“Modi has implemented swachhta and has made efforts to remove corruption, which were also the issues taken up by Gandhi. He (Mr. Modi) has followed Swami Vivekananda in inspiring the youth of the country,” Mr. Goel said, adding that the Prime Minister has focussed on the Indian youth living abroad. “Be it problems in Yemen or Iraq, the government has responded quickly,” he said.

Youth for archaeology

Mr. Goel offered help to NRIs and PIOs who are interested in starting social projects in the country. In his keynote address at the inaugural of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, he said that many have been evincing interest in doing something in the rural areas across the country, and that his Ministry would offer all possible help to such ventures. Pointing out at more than 1,000 archaeological sites that can be developed, Mr. Goel said that the NRIs and PIOs should come forward in adopting those monuments for better conservation. “This would also attract tourists in big numbers,” he added.

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