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Connection with Indian diaspora is an important element for Modi government’s foreign policy agenda

Indian PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi, March 4 (UITV)- The importance of diaspora in Modi’s diplomacy is reflected in the Indian communities’ related programs since PM Modi has taken the charge of the nation on May 2014. It includes the investment from Indian diaspora members for PM’S flagships projects.

The First consultation of this series was held on Saturday, including Ministers, senior officials, stakeholders and sovereign people.

The objective of this process of consultation is aimed at generating and streamlining ideas for role of diaspora in promoting various schemes of the Modi government including flagship projects from cleaning of Ganges to Digital India to Start up India.

Modi government uses Non-Residential Indians and Indian diaspora as the key element of foreign policy. They establish many trust and authorities to focus on diaspora. One such authority is The Indian Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) chaired by Sushma Swaraj, which was establish to 2008 to engage NRIs in the development and social projects of India.

According to authorities, one consultative meeting will be organized every month to discuss on one such issue related to Indian diaspora. Sources familiar with the matters informed that the Saturday meeting where Foreign Minister was present deliberated on how to effectively implement the projects for which money is donated by diaspora, in a timely manner.

In 2015-16, IDF-OI will partner with the Modi government’s flagship initiatives like the Namami Gange and Swachh Bharat and facilitate overseas Indian philanthropy into these projects.