Highlighting the vulnerabilities of Indian women marrying into NRI families, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said that Indian community organisations abroad can most effectively address their concerns even as the government and its agencies deal with the issue.
“I would also like to flag the concerns of women and girls in India marrying into NRI families. Even as the government and its agencies deal with this issue, the concerns of this particular section can be most effectively addressed by the local community organisations,” the President said.
The President was delivering the valedictory address during the conferment of the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman’ at the 14th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) January 7-9.
Highlighting the contribution of the Non-resident Indians working in the Gulf region and South East Asia, he said, “They are Indian citizens who migrate for employment as low-skilled and semi-skilled labour. They toil hard day and night, and save to send the fruits of their labour as remittances to India, to maintain their families back home.”
“These remittances are the largest by any diaspora, at 12 per cent of the total global remittances, amounting to $69 billion in 2015,” he added.
The President appreciated the overseas Indians’ ability to assimilate and maintain their identity among other cultures. He also lauded their immense contribution to their adopted lands through dedication and hard work.
The President said, “As a people exposed to the best of western technology and yet having their civilisational moorings in the ageless and eternal ethos of India, you are doubly blessed.”