Singapore; 24 April, 2022: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla addressed Indian community and friends of India in Singapore, today.
Speaking on this occasion, Shri Birla said that in the 75 years of India’s independence, the country has undergone extensive political, social and economic transformation. India’s democracy and its democratic institutions have set a perfect example of inclusive growth before the whole world. He further added that from defense to technology, new opportunities are being created. Schemes like Start Up India, Digital India, Stand Up India, Skill India have been launched to make full use of the potential of the young talents and entrepreneurs. Today, India is being seen as a symbol of positive change in the whole world. The present era is an era of socio-economic change in India, an era of innovation, highlighted Shri Birla.
Mentioning about the role of Indian diaspora in Singapore, Shri Birla said that Indian diaspora is one of the important powerful forces of India’s Look East Policy. At a time when strong institutional framework exists for constructive dialogue between the two countries and a better understanding has developed between citizens of both the countries due to strong cultural and people to people contact, the diaspora is playing the role of a catalyst to further bridge the gap among countries and improve bilateral relationship. Diaspora’s active contribution to the comprehensive economic and social development of Singapore has laid the foundation for strong relations between the two countries, observed Shri Birla.
Urging the Indian diaspora, particularly the youth, to join hands for the socio-economic transformation in India, Lok Sabha Speaker said that the time has come for the youth to work collectively to bring positive changes in the lives of people of the motherland. Today people from all regions of the country, people of all languages are working for service of the nation and nation building in the spirit of nation first. He also added that that as India evacuated more than 30,000 civilians from Ukraine and neighboring countries from war zone, self-respect, strength and power of present day India has been recognized by the world. Today, India has a strong voice in global fora on issues like climate change, terrorism, global peace, said Shri Birla.