Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced opening of Indian Cultural Centre in Sydney by February next year. Modi said, working on extending visa on arrival scheme for tourists from Australia will take place soon.
Addressing the Indian community at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Modi said Persons of Indian Origin and Overseas Indian Community schemes will be put on equal footing and differential treatment for the two categories of such card holders done away with the next Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas. He also said that next Pravasi bhartiya Diwas will be held in Gujarat in January.
The Prime Minister called upon Indians across the world to convert the atmosphere of hope and optimism into a reality of meeting the expectations of Indian people.
The Prime Minister said that on the basis of his experience during the past six months, he could see no reason why the aspirations of millions of Indians could not be fulfilled. Modi said, he feels a greater sense of responsibility as he is the first Prime Minister born in independent India. He named prominent Indian-Australians who had excelled for Australia in sports and academics.
The Prime Minister mentioned the work his Government was doing and the new policies and schemes he launched including the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, the Make in India initiative, Swachh Bharat, and Shramev Jayate. The Prime Minister also talked about the decision to allow 100 per cent FDI in Railways.