Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the government will shortly launch a scheme which is aimed at skilling Indians seeking employment abroad. His words at the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention in Bengaluru were :
“We will shortly launch a skill development programme, the Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana, targeted at Indian youth seeking overseas employment,” the Prime Minister said at the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2017.
Referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa, Modi said this day marked the return to India of one of the greatest Pravasis and that his government’s priority was to convert “brain drain” into ‘brain gain”.
“The Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana is targeted at Indian youth seeking overseas employment,” Modi said.
PKVY will train and certify Indians, who are keen on overseas employment in select sectors, in line with international standards. It will be implemented by the National Skill Development Corporation through its training partners and in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Skill Development Ministry.
Appreciating the efforts taken by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Modi asserted that “welfare and safety of all Indians abroad is our top priority”.
“The welfare and safety of all Indians abroad is our top priority. Their security is of utmost importance to us,” the prime minister said, adding, “Sushma Swaraj has particularly been proactive and prompt in reaching out to distressed Indians abroad using social media.”
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