Prime Minister Modi today addressed the Indian diaspora at the 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Bengaluru.
He lauded the contribution of Indians living abroad towards the progress of the nation. Speaking on their contribution, he said that Indians abroad are valued not just for their strength in numbers but respected for the contributions they make. He added that the Indian diaspora represents the best of Indian culture, ethos and values.
Emphasizing on the security of Indian people abroad, he said that it is of utmost importance.
He urged the PIO card holders to quickly convert their cards into OCI and announced that the deadline has been extended from 31st December 2016 to 30th of June 2017 without any penalty.