Describing it as a ‘great step’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the UAE Crown Prince HH Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for allotting land for a temple in Abu Dhabi, that will henceforth have one temple, while there are 2 temples in Dubai.
As he addressed some 50,000 cheering NRIs at the Dubai Cricket Stadium, Mr Modi also announced a welfare fund for the UAE’s Indian diaspora to help with legal cases and he confirmed that an e-migrate portal has been created to help migrant workers and an online platform to assist NRIs.
PM Modi also used the opportunity to send out clear signals against terrorism, which the UAE endorsed. A while later Modi referred indirectly to Pakistan when he said they have decided to strengthen connectivity in SAARC countries. The remarks came ahead of talks scheduled meeting next week between the National Security Advisers of India and Pakistan.
PM Modi also asked the Indian embassy in the UAE to help NRIs with any technical problems and hold camps on a monthly basis where they could meet workers and take steps to resolve problems. He also asked the diaspora to increase the number of schools and ended his speech by asking the crowd to say after him “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.
An enthusiastic stadium full of thousands of NRIs raised their arms and repeated the slogan after the Prime Minister.