Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the Indian Community in Stockholm.
Talking to the Indian community, PM Modi said that India is going through a great transformation today and that the country has worked towards a developed and inclusive India, in the last four years. He said all efforts are being made to create a New India by 2022, according to a statement from MEA.
“Through initiatives such as International Yoga Day, efforts are also being made to see that India emerges as a global thought leader once again. The world is looking at India with confidence,” he said. In this context, he mentioned humanitarian relief and rescue efforts, the International Solar Alliance, and membership of key regimes such as MTCR, Wassenaar Arrangement, and Australia Group.
“Because of digital infrastructure, the format of engagement between citizens and Government is changing. Technology is bringing about accountability and transparency and access to government is no longer a privilege, but a practice,” he said.
Lauding the MUDRA initiative the PM said that through the MUDRA scheme, there are new opportunities available to entrepreneurs.
The Prime Minister said that India is also building International Partnerships to boost innovation. He mentioned the innovation partnership with Sweden, and a similar initiative with Israel. He said the Government is focusing on Ease of Living. In this context, he also mentioned the Ayushman Bharat scheme, which he described as the world’s biggest healthcare assurance scheme.
The prime minister said that these steps are indicative of a transformation in India and New Delhi is looking forward to cooperate with Sweden and the other Nordic countries.
After Sweden, PM Modi will visit UK where he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
“Scripting history! PM @narendramodi arrives in Stockholm on a first bilateral visit by an Indian PM in 30 years to a warm and personal welcome by @SwedishPM Stefan Lofven at the airport and to participate in the first ever India-Nordic Summit,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
(With inputs from MEA)