India is ready with two vaccines for the protection of humanity and the world is not only waiting for them but also watching how the country runs the globe’s biggest vaccination programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the inauguration of the 16th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas on Saturday.
This day is celebrated once in every two years to strengthen ties with the Indian community overseas.
During the address, Modi lauded India’s fight against COVID-19 and said we are among the countries with the lowest fatality rate and the highest recovery rate. He also said the way the country stood together during the pandemic was unparalleled.
“Being the pharmacy of the world, India has supplied important medicines to all those in need in the world and continues to do so”, he said.
In his dialogues with several heads of state, Modi said he got to know how the Indian community overseas has helped in the countries they live in and have provided leadership in extending assistance even in these difficult times.
“When India got Independence it was said that such a poor and under-literate country will disintegrate and democracy was impossible here”, he said, adding that India’s democracy is now “the strongest, most vibrant and lively”.
He also noted the use of technology in defeating corruption and how crores of rupees are being directly transferred to beneficiaries’ bank accounts. “Today we have been connected with the internet from various corners of the world but our minds are always connected with ‘Maa Bharti’.”
Stating it as a matter of pride for him, Modi praised the Indian diaspora for providing assistance in the battle against coronavirus in India. He said their contribution to the PM-CARES fund is strengthening medical services in the country.
Modi also said that India always stands with the Indian community across the world and pointed out that over 45 lakh people were rescued under the government’s Vande Bharat mission during the pandemic.
The keynote address at the 16th PBD Convention 2021 was delivered by chief guest Chandrikapersad Santokhi, the President of Suriname.
The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, also known as the Non-resident Indian Day, is observed on January 9. The theme of the 16th PBD Convention 2021 is “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.