Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas(PBD), Bangaluru (from 7th to 9th Jan 2017)

Excerpts from Hon Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's speech at 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, Bangaluru
Our aim is/ that for every Indian abroad, home should never be far away. For those workers who seek economic opportunities abroad, our effort is to provide maximum facilitation and ensure least inconvenience. Our motto is: "सुरक्षित जाएँ, प्रशिक्षित जाएँ, विश्वास के साथ जाएँ" . For this, we have streamlined our systems and taken several measures to safeguard emigration of Indian workers. About six lakh emigrants have been granted Emigration Clearance online for overseas employment through registered recruitment agents. Online registration of foreign employers on e-Migrate portal has been made mandatory. And, the grievances, complaints and petitions of the Indian migrant workers continue to be addressed online through e-Migrate and MADAD platforms. We are also taking strict action against illegal recruitment agents in India. Prosecution sanctions by CBI or State Police against illegal agents; and increase in the amount of Bank Guarantee deposited by the recruiting agents from Rs. 20 lakhs to Rs. 50 lakhs; are some of the steps in this direction. To ensure that the migrating Indian workers enjoy better economic opportunities, we will shortly launch a skill development program, the "प्रवासी कौशल विकास योजना", targeted at Indian youth who seek overseas employment.