The Punjab NRI Affairs Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia has exhorted the NRI youth to develop strong bonds with their homeland by frequently visiting and exploring the various opportunities available in different fields. He said that they should also analyze the different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields of economic, industrial, education, Science & Technology, Communication & Information Technology, culture to further share it with their families and countrymen.
Interacting with 27 youths representing 8 countries and visiting their homeland first time under ‘Know India Programme’ of the Union Overseas Affairs Ministry, Mr. Majithia pointed out the our country has taken rapid strides in different fields to ensure the overall development of the country. He said that our country has a major advantage of having largest young population of the world and the efforts were being made to channelize the youth power so that we could take our country in to the next orbit on overall development front. He said that the unique feature of our country was its cultural persity and hard working Indian have carved a niche for themselves in every field and every nook and corner around the globe. He appealed the visiting delegation to share their experiences with their families and fellow countrymen and explain them the progress of India in different fields.
Earlier, welcoming the Minister and visiting delegation, Dr. Amarpal Singh, Additional Secretary, NRI Affairs informed that the members of the visiting delegation were of 18 to 25 years of age and had never visited India earlier though their parents or forefathers were migrated from here. He said that it was a three weeks tour and they were on a four day tour to Punjab being partner state in this endeavor. He said they have been taken to Patiala, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Anandpur Sahib to experience them the rich religious and cultural heritage of Punjab. He said that the visiting delegation comprises of youngsters from countries like Surinam (2), South Africa (1), France (1), Fiji (3), Trinidad & Tobago (4), Israel (6), Malaysia (4) and Mauritius (6).