Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas Convention: PM Modi says India is ready to save the world with made-in India COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas Convention said that India is ready to save the world with the made-in India COVID-19 vaccine.

PM Modi said that today we have connected with the internet from various corners of the world but our minds are always connected with ‘Maa Bharti’. In the past years, Non-Resident Indians have strengthened their identity in other countries. When India stood in the face of terrorism, the world too got the courage to face this challenge, reported NDTV.

He further added in the present time, India is using technology to end corruption. Money is directly transferred to the beneficiary account.

Talking about the COVID-19 pandemic, Modi said that India used to import PPE kits, masks, ventilators, and testing kits from other nations, however, today India is self-reliant.

Today India is all set to save the world with two ‘Made in India’ COVID-19 vaccines. The ongoing campaign in India to empower the poor of the country is being discussed around the world. The world is not only waiting for Indian vaccines for COVID-19 but also looking at how it rolls out the largest vaccination program in the world, he said.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention is the flagship event of the Ministry of External Affairs and provides an important platform to engage and connect with overseas Indians.The Convention is being held virtually and the theme is “Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.

The three segments convention inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi and had a feature keynote address by the Chief Guest, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, President of the Republic of Suriname.

The Inaugural session had two Plenary sessions. The first Plenary on Role of Diaspora in Aatmanirbhar Bhara that featured addresses by External Affairs Minister and Commerce and Industry Minister while the second Plenary on Facing Post Covid Challenges – Scenario in Health, Economy, Social and International Relations, addressed by Minister of Health and Minister of State for External Affairs. Both Plenaries feature panel discussions inviting eminent diaspora experts.

President Ram Nath Kovind also delivered his Valedictory address to mark the occasion of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The names of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees for 2020-21 also announced. Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards are conferred to select Indian diaspora members to recognize their achievements and honor their contributions to various fields, both in India and abroad.