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By Newsgram Staff Writer

With the strengthening of Indian economy, reverse immigration of Non Residents Indians (NRI) has seen a huge rise in the past few months. Foreign banks in particular are witness to this reversal of brain drain.

Globally, a total number of 21909875 NRIs work in developed economies according to the records (as on May 2012) of Ministry of Overseas Affairs.

With economic growth stalling in the West, leading to slower career growth opportunities, India is a market which appears to be more dynamic, offering better job prospects to NRIs. What’s assisting the process is a change in the standard of living in India and its education system.

Union minister of science and technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan, addressing the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya in January this year asked the vast diaspora engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation to return and contribute for India’s progress.

Until 18th century, India’s GDP was the fastest growing in the world.

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Why are Indian immigrants abroad returning to India?

With the upward growth in Indian economy, there has been a positive sentiment in hiring, either to cater to expansion, like in e-commerce and information technology, or in anticipation of growth, as with sectors such as infrastructure, telecom, banking and financial services.

Staffing firms such as TeamLease Services Pvt. Ltd, Randstad India Ltd, Antal International Network, Manpower India Services Ltd and Kelly Services India saw a surge in the number of middle managers hired during the second quarter, with more than a 25% increase in the number of people placed, compared with a year ago. And companies are offering salary hikes of 20-25% over last year’s average of 15%.

Actually, NRIs are in demand as they have gained experience in developed market  and employers value the international experience.

According to Statistic Canada, one third of all male immigrants who were between ages 25 to 45 when they immigrated to Canada had left within 20 years of their arrival. Furthermore, 6 out of 10 of those who leave, do so within the first year of arrival.

When asked the reason of coming back to India this writer was told by a NRI, who did not want to be named, “I would rather live like a first class citizen in a third class country than to live like a third class citizen in a first class country.”

 

 

 

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An Indian Origin Woman Minister in the Government of British Columbia

As member of the British Columbia legislative assembly, she is a minister representing the Liberal Party in the government headed by Premier John Horgan.

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From Canada, that boasts of a first Indian-origin Defence Minister in Harjit Singh Sajjan, here is the story of another Indian-origin woman migrant who has risen to become a minister in the government of the British Columbia — the Western-most province of the country known for its tech prowess globally.

Meet Jinny Jogindera Sims, who was born in Jalandhar in Punjab and migrated at age nine to England where she got a B.Ed degree at the University of Manchester.

Then, Sims and her husband moved to Canada in 1976. The first woman President of British Columbia’s largest teachers’ union, she was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2011.

The 65-year-old mother of two, who now heads the Ministry of Citizens’ Services of British Columbia, is quite passionate about her job.

In a conversation with IANS, when asked about Canada’s inclusive nature and how emigrants like her can make it to the top in different fields including political power, pat came her reply: “If you ask me is there more we can do, my answer will be absolutely. We need to do more on aboriginals and the nations’ ethnic communities”.

“We need to do more. Inclusivism and racism is not a one-time issue. We need to do more for their education and other issues. We need to do it all the time”.

Asked about Indians and attracting the talent in the growing tech sector of British Columbia, Sims said Indians have made a name for themselves in the tech and other sectors and are in the forefront.

“I have been to India as an MP to various cities, including Bengaluru and Kolkata. Looking at the skills and talent and amazing companies, India is important in the tech sector. We are looking at new cooperation with Indian tech companies,” she emphasised.

As member of the British Columbia legislative assembly, she is a minister representing the Liberal Party in the government headed by Premier John Horgan.

The 65-year-old mother of two, who now heads the Ministry of Citizens' Services of British Columbia, is quite passionate about her job.
Then, Sims and her husband moved to Canada in 1976. The first woman President of British Columbia’s largest teachers’ union, she was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2011. Pixabay

Asked about her ministry’s work, Sims said her department has gone more digital in delivering services to citizens and that has brought its own problems.

Cyber crime, fake news and other related problems faced by the countries across the world are also her main problems.

“Digital economy is growing. More and more people are getting sophisticated and trying to commit cyber crimes. We are engaged more with businesses that are worried that more people are trying to get information online through Internet bandits.

“We are telling businesses to build extra layers of security. It is like when we construct a home, we have doors and windows which we close for security. Likewise, businesses have to build layers of security like Next-Gen anti-virus solutions and firewalls,” the minister stressed.

She said her ministry is very agile on cyber security and has become smarter with time.

“They (cyber-criminals) have got technology and are, all the time, trying to get into our systems. Nearly 300,000 systems were affected which is mind-boggling. It also shows we have to be extra-cautious, building firewalls and constantly monitoring them,” Sims said.

Asked about the problem of data stealing and stalking over social media platforms, Sims said the government’s role in this is limited.

As a mother and a grandmother, she would only advise that schools and parents have to tell children on the newer risks arising from the use of Internet.

“Parents can limit the children from accessing Internet. We can teach and guide them on cyber security. Businesses also have a responsibility,” Sims added.

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The identity cards issued by her government for accessing citizens’ services have high-security features and cannot be breached for extracting personal details.

“Our ID cards, personal details are never shared with anyone. There is nothing that goes out from our portal,” she noted.

Asked if she was aware of the controversy surrounding the Aadhaar card in India, the minister said, “a little bit”. (IANS)