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'Diaspora should be a part of development projects'

Swaraj said overseas Indians can make contributions. It is a way to pay back to their motherland

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Publish Date: Aug 28 2016 10:34AM | Updated Date: Aug 28 2016 10:36AM

'Diaspora should be a part of development projects'

India invited its Diaspora community to be a part of various development projects in India. Sushma Swaraj External Affairs Minister called upon them and asked for financial contributions for the projects like Clean India and Ganga rejuvenation.

 

“Get connected with their roots,” said Sushma Swaraj. She also called upon overseas Indians to send funds under the India Development Foundation (IDF) for projects of their choice which may even include building toilets in villages and rural areas. 

 

 “India Development Foundation is a platform through which Indians settled abroad can send money for India's development. The money will not be just a donation. It is a way to get connected with the roots,” Swaraj said in a video message posted on MEA's twitter handle Indian Diplomacy. 

 

Swaraj said overseas Indians can make contributions to Clean India and Ganga Rejuvenation projects or any other under IDF. It is a way to pay back to their motherland and it will be a reflection of emotional attachment to the country.

 

The UPA government had launched IDF to provide a platform for overseas Indians for carrying out development works in India through government agencies. The current government is giving a fresh push to make IDF an effective facilitator.