The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), under the tutelage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been piloting digital tools as a seamless mode for reaching the Indians based abroad.

According to the External Affairs Minister (EMA), Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, the social media is now a part of Indian identity for Indians abroad and has turned out to be tremendous force multipliers for the government to reach out and establish a human connect with the vast number of Indians living, working or travelling abroad.

The EMA has heralded a new era of accessible politicians in India where help was just a tweet away. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also acknowledged this contribution of the India’s first fully fledged woman Foreign Minister. PM Modi praising the EMA says, “Security of all Indians abroad is a top priority. We are working to overhaul our administration system. The External Affairs Minister has particularly been proactive and prompt in reaching out to distress Indians abroad using social media”.

According to the agendas announced on their website, the Plenary Session in the 2017 Bharatiya Pravasi Divas, organized in the IT-BT capital of the country, Bengaluru, getting organized from January 7-9 of 2017, have discussed the recommendations related to the best ways to connect the Diaspora through social media and steps already taken by the MEA. The session proposes to focus on key priorities of the government towards bringing latest tools and technologies that can be employed by the ministry and joint missions to connect with the Diaspora. It also deliberates on how the Diaspora and missions may come together through social media to fully utilize the commercial and business opportunities available in other countries and facilitating linkages with Indian business houses and chambers of commerce.

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