Over 30 million Indians working or studying abroad, says S Jaishankar

India: On Sunday, the External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar, pointed out that more than 30 million Indians or those of Indian descent, are currently employed or pursuing education overseas. This highlights that India views the whole world as a potential workplace.

Additionally, he stated that despite the economic struggles caused by the COVID pandemic, India had achieved a growth rate of 7%.

During a conversation with intellectuals in Dharwad, Karnataka, the External Affairs Minister of India stated that there are over 30 million, nearly 35 million to be precise, Indians or individuals with Indian ancestry who are residing, studying, or employed overseas.

This indicates that India perceives the world as an extensive workplace where anyone can explore opportunities, be it students, professionals, or blue-collar workers.

While addressing the people of Dharwad, Jaishankar stated that Indians and Indian companies are prevalent in numerous prominent professions worldwide, such as merchant shipping, aircrew, and engineering, among others.

He added that today’s India, under the leadership of Modi, stands out from other nations.

Furthermore, he mentioned that India had left a lasting impression on the world. Despite the global economic downturn caused by the COVID pandemic, India’s robust economy and 7% growth rate have garnered worldwide attention.

Additionally, the ease of doing business in India had significantly improved since 2014, when it was ranked 142nd on the world business index.

According to Jaishankar, India has significantly improved its ranking on the World Business Index. India moved from the 142nd position to the 63rd ranking within five years. If the index were still being issued, India’s ranking would be at least 20-30 places higher than before.

Jaishankar also highlighted India’s growing reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship. India is now among the top 40 innovators in the world, and many foreign companies are attracted to India’s production-linked incentive scheme.

The minister cited Apple as a prime example, as the iPhone is now manufactured in India. Additionally, India has made significant educational strides, with the number of universities increasing from 760 in 2014 to 1,130 today.

Jaishankar’s visit to Karnataka is significant as the state is gearing up for elections. He will spend two days in the state, visiting the cities of Bengaluru, Hubbali, and Belagavi.

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