OFBJP UK meet Hon External Affairs Minister of India- Smt Sushma Swaraj

unnamed Along the sidelines of the Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas functions which were held in London today, India’s Minister for External Affairs Smt Sushma Swaraj took the time out from her busy schedule in order to meet representatives from leading India-centric, UK based organizations like the Overseas Friends of BJP and the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh among others. Smt Swaraj, India’s first woman External Affairs Minister in almost 3 decades, led an open and freewheeling conversation in an attempt to understand the aspirations and concerns of the India diaspora in the United Kingdom. Topics covered in the discussion included the reservations the Indian diaspora had about the proposed Anti-Caste Discrimination Bill which is expected to be tabled in the UK Parliament, requests from the participants to reduce procedural and monetary difficulties in Visa application procedure and suggestions on how the Indian High Commission can better track the vast number of Indian immigrants in the United Kingdom in a transparent and organized manner. The troubles faced by Hindus of Pakistani origin who live in the UK while trying to enter India through the Indian High Commission in UK was also highlighted to the Minister by the participants. Smt Swaraj assured the full support of her ministry in resolving the issues raised and also, reiterated the policy decisions which were announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address at Madison Square as an example of the Modi Government’s wish to engage positively with the Indian diaspora. Finally, Smt Swaraj commended the Indian diaspora for their stellar support during the General Election campaign and assured the audience that her ministry and Government were entirely committed to fulfilling their campaign promise of bringing Achhe Din to Indians around the world.

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