NEW DELHI, January 7, 2014. Mr. K.C. Venugopal, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, has underlined the Government’s commitment to improve the travel experience of the youngsters who search for greener pastures across the world. Mr Venugopal was addressing a session on ‘Young Achievers’ at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas being organised here in New Delhi.
….Air India as the National Carrier is indebted to the Overseas Indians and always offers you the opportunity to fly you around. Air India had a bad time combating with debts. Now we are regaining the ground…. – Mr K C Venugopal
Mr Venugopal highlighted that the improved customer confidence is being reflected in the bookings as well. While there were certain issues and concerns about the performance of Air India Express, the low cost carrier from Air India Group the ministry has rolled out many initiatives to make Air India Express complaint free. Air India Express is specially designed for Gulf sector services.
….we have also increased our services to Gulf Sector, and on time performance is monitored at the apex level to ensure customer satisfaction. To hear from the NRIs personally about their concerns about Air India Express, I started a mail service too.” – Mr K C Venugopal
The process of empowering Air India Express as an independent business entity is progressing.
The Minister said that every generation of NRIs has its own specific opportunities and challenges. However, the new generation NRIs, especially those in the Middle East, have relatively lesser problems in terms of socio-cultural amalgamation. The long cultural exchange and bartering between the countries have set the soil ready for larger acceptance of young Indians.
He said, “The second generation NRIs are the ambassadors of a resurgent India, which has opened its doors for the world. Ambition, innovation and management expertise in international trade are the trademarks of a successful Young Indian. They have enhanced footsteps of Indian business across the world. Even in Kerala, we have many such young investors who ventured to go out from their middle class houses in small towns to international business hotspots. However, the expectation levels and competencies of new generation NRIs are manifold compared to their predecessors. They deserve more handholding and enabling policies by the Indian Government. It is a fact that there are initiatives to motivate the young investors back home in India. But I do believe that we have to expand our net so that a government umbrella for Young Overseas Indians can be set up. Such a body will have to extract data regarding investment potential in each sector, may tie up prospective cash flow for various PPP models, may ensure single window clearance for NRI investments etc.”
“As a country and a responsible government we are committed to provide young Indians similar opportunities elsewhere, so that they can confidently invest in India. It is high time that we need to develop our own engineering research and reduce dependence on the borrowed technologies. In this liberalized economy now we can afford to integrate R&D into the prime business of Indian companies. The companies also need to promote the synergy between industries & education,” – Mr. K C Venugopal.
The moderator of the session, Mr. Naveen Jindal, Member of Parliament, said that in the recent years, Indian young population has shown remarkable progress in their respective areas of work. Every generation has its own defining qualities. The generation that came of age in the 21st century is marked by its single-minded quest for success and achievement. There is an upsurge in young talent and a dramatic increase in accomplishments on international platforms. Highlighting some of the issues faced by the young Diaspora, he said, creating an enabling environment is required for youth to succeed.
Measures need to be taken to improve the skills of Indian young population and also ensure that their skills are at par with the global standards….. – Mr. Naveen Jindal
Ms. Supriya Sule, Member of Parliament, said that PBD is a platform which provides India with an opportunity to showcase its achievements. Over the years, a big change has come in the way new options and opportunities have emerged and found many young takers. However, India is still struggling with gender issues. The need is to make India a fair and equal society.
She added, the evil of dowry is still prevalent in many parts of the country but now the women are raising their voice and expressing their desire to settle with a man who treats them equally. Security of women is another issue which has come to the fore. Ms. Sule expressed hope and said that many students have taken up social issues and are working towards bringing about a change in the Indian society.
Mr. P. Rajeev, Member of Parliament, pointed out that the remittances from the Indian diaspora are higher than the FDI in India. Still there are no policies in place to attract more remittances. Also, remittances should be used for investment purpose which is not happening at the moment.
…..economies of many countries have developed due to the strength of their Diaspora; hence India should also have specific policies to push forward this agenda….” –
Dr. Ruby Dhalla, Canadian Politician, said India has a pool of talented young individuals but because of the lack of education facilitates and employment opportunities they are looking for avenues outside the country.
She said, the youth should be encouraged to believe that there are opportunities available in the country and for it education is the key. Mentorship programmes can be created to boost the confidence of these young individuals.
Understanding your heritage, history and family develops the confidence in a person, said Dr. Mamta Singhvi, Managing Director & Past President, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), SA. Giving the mantra for success, Dr. Singhvi said, a person should always stick to principles, no matter what the situation is.
…..young people have the creativity and the energy to solve many of our society’s most difficult problems and they have are already embarked on this journey….” Dr. Mamta Singhvi