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MELBOURNE Australia -- Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the Indian Minister for State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, addresses leaders of the Indian diaspora in Melbourne, Australia.


Minister Rudy addressing diaspora in Melbourne on 'Special Day'

NEW DELHI India -- On 26 May 2015, the first anniversary of Prime Minister Modi’s government, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the Indian Minister for State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, addressed leaders of the Indian diaspora in Melbourne, Australia. He said it was a special day for his government, write Kul Bhushan in New Delhi and Sudershan Gupta in Melbourne, Australia.

He was leading a delegation of ten Indian MPs to Australia to follow up the successful visit of the Prime Minister and learn about several good practices in Australia.

Rudi, accompanied by his wife, said the Modi government had completed one year in office.

Rudi praised the accompanying MPs from all parties but was hesitant to talk much about the BJP achievements.

Answering a question about what has been done for creating a skilled pool for the benefit of the developed world as outlined by Modi, he said that the government was focusing on skills development for the youth and had created a strong foundation to build on.

The delegation earlier visited a skill development institute in Melbourne to observe it at work.

These MPs were observing and learning a great deal and the Non-BJP ones may ultimately support the government in approving some new initiatives and bills.

Two MPs are Arjuna awardees in soccer and hockey, both popular in Australia.

The MPs dined on different tables to interact with the Australian Indians.

Also present were a few Indian high commission officials.

On his first overseas official trip, the minister answered a number of questions about NRI issues and their relationship with India.

He hoped to get their support for the new projects such as Make it India, Digital India, Clean India among others.

Members of the Indian diaspora said they were enjoying their life in a developed country like Australia and were willing to help India.

A community leader claimed his association is supporting 1,400 students.

He mentioned their donations for Nepal earthquake and Andhra cyclone, among other causes.

Karan Singh, the trustee of a unique old age home for Indians, said this was the first such project in the Indian diaspora in partnership with the Dutch community.

The minister invited the Australian Indians to send in their suggestions for India’s progress.

The host and Master of Ceremonies was Vasan Srinivasan, the first Indian nominated to the Multi-Cultural Council of Australia.

The Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria with membership of 28 bodies of the diaspora from most Indian states and Fiji, invited their top office bearers to an Indian restaurant for this meeting.




Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at work in his office | Coastweek




Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at work in his office.




Prime Minister Narendra Modi's letter to citizens
on the completion of 'One Year of Government'



            My dear fellow citizens!
Service, in our Indian ethos is the ultimate duty Seva Parmo Dharma.
One year ago, you had entrusted me with the responsibility and honour of serving you.
I have devoted every moment of every day, and every element of my body and spirit, in fulfilling the same with fullest sincerity and honesty.
We assumed office at a time when confidence in the India story was waning.
Un-abated corruption and indecisiveness had paralyzed the government.
People had been left helpless against ever climbing inflation and economic insecurity.
         Urgent and decisive action was needed.
We systematically went about addressing these challenges.
Runaway prices were immediately brought under control.
The languishing economy was rejuvenated, building on stable, policy-driven proactive governance.
Discretionary allotment of our precious natural resources to a chosen few was replaced with transparent auctions.
Firm steps were taken against Black Money, from setting up a SIT and passing a stringent black money law, to generating international consensus against the same.
Uncompromising adherence to the principle of purity, in action as well as intent, ensured a corruption-free government.
Significant changes have been brought about in work culture, nurturing a combination of empathy as well as professionalism, systems as well breaking of silos.
State governments have been made equal partners in the quest for national development, building the spirit of Team India.
Most importantly, we have been able to restore Trust in the government.
Guided by the principle of Antyodaya, our Government is dedicated to the poor, marginalized and those left behind.
We are working towards empowering them to become our soldiers in the war against poverty.

Numerous measures and schemes have been initiated;
   from making school toilets to setting up IITs, IIMs and AIIMS;
   from providing a vaccination cover to our children to initiating a people-driven Swachh Bharat mission;
   from ensuring a minimum pension to our labourers to providing social security to the common man;
   from enhancing support to our farmers hit by natural calamities to defending their interests at WTO;
   from empowering one and all with self attestation to delivering subsidies directly to people's banks;
   from universalizing the banking system to funding the unfunded small businesses;
   from irrigating fields to rejuvenating Ma Ganga; from moving towards 24x7 power to connecting the nation through road and rail;
   from building homes for the homeless to setting up smart cities, and from connecting the North-East to prioritizing development of Eastern India.

          Friends, this is just the beginning.
Our objective is to transform quality of life, infrastructure and services.
Together we shall build the India of your dreams and that of our freedom fighters.
In this, I seek your blessings and continued support.

Always in your Service, Jai Hind!

Every head of an association spoke briefly to welcome the Minister and his delegation and present their views.

The federation gets an annual grant of a$75,000 from Victoria government.


More than 240,000 people in Australia are of Indian origin and around 52,000 Victorians were born in India.

A total of 84 Indian associations are registered in Victoria.

A large number of students from India are studying for higher education in Victoria.

After Modi’s recent visit, NRIs are happy with Modi’s vision and getting more respect in Australia as compared during UPA rule.



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