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Narendra Modi: Feel a sense of pride when Gulf countries praise Kerala Diaspora

Prime Minister Narendra Modi referring to the Kerala diaspora said he feels a sense of pride when he hears praise for the Kerala diaspora during his visits to Gulf nations

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi being welcomed on his arrival, at Kerala on September 24, 2016. PIB

September 25, 2016: The Kerala diaspora refers to the people of Kerala living in the Middle Eastern Arab states of the Persian Gulf. Nearly 80 percent of Indians living in Kuwait are from Kerala.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referring to the Kerala diaspora has said, he feels a sense of pride when he hears praise for the Kerala diaspora during his visits to Gulf nations.

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Addressing a rally here to coincide with the BJP national council meeting here, Modi said: “Whenever I got an opportunity to visit Gulf countries, apart from my official talks with their leaders, I asked them to arrange a meeting with the people of India residing there, and especially the people of Kerala.”

“I felt a sense of pride when I heard the praise of people of Kerala for their hard work and dedication,” the Prime Minister added.

Modi also said that Kerala is God’s Own Country, and is the “land of great saints”. The place has an impression of purity and holiness.

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“The devotion, spirituality is not because of the land but because of people, saints, and culture here,” Modi said, adding, “The people of Kerala are seen with respect in the country and the world.” (IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi: Government bringing Stringent Consumer Protection Law

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a speech. IANS

New Delhi, October 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government was in the process of enacting stringent legislation aimed at protecting consumers along with setting up a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA).

“Consumers’ protection is this government’s priority. We are in the process to bring a new law on consumer protection keeping in mind the need of the country and business practices here,” Modi said at an International Conference on Consumer Protection for East, South and South-East Asian Countries.

“We are in the process of forming a Consumer Protection Authority, which will have executive powers, for immediate redressal.”

The rules were being streamlined to solve consumer problems in less time and at less cost, he added.

“The stress is being given on consumer empowerment. Strict provisions are being contemplated against misleading advertisements,” Modi said.

He said India was among the few countries which had enacted a law a year after the UN adopted guidelines on consumer protection in 1986.

The Prime Minister also said the prices of commodities were set to go down and consumer protection for their interest effects due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Due to the GST, the competition among companies was going to increase. So prices will go down. It will help consumers from lower middle class and poor sections,” Modi said.

“Earlier, transportation by trucks would take five days but it has come down to just three three days now as checkposts on borders have vanished after the GST. It means transportation cost has gone down. This is going to be transferred to consumers,”

Taking a dig at those opposed to the GST, he said: “Some people may be taking advantage of the lack of awareness. However, the benefits will be transferred (to consumers) in days to come.”

Talking about the conference, Modi said: “It shows how seriously we take the needs of our citizens and how we strive hard to solve their problems”.

“It is the first conference in the region, where everyone is trying in their own ways to save the interest of consumers. However, we have to keep in mind that the world is going towards a single market,” Modi said.(IANS)

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