India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the L&T workers’ residential complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. L&T is part of a consortium that is building a section of the Riyadh Metro.
Speaking on the occasion, the Modi expressed his appreciation of the efforts made by the workers for the project, and said “your hard work has brought me here.”
The Modi is in Saudi Arabia, where he is scheduled on Sunday to hold talks on bilateral and international subject with King Salman that will focus on bilateral, regional and international issues.
While at the L&T workers’ residential complex, Modi said that the work being done by Indian workers abroad, not only earns money, but also raises the stature of India.
Additionally, Modi said Indian workers were fondly remembered in various parts of the world where they had completed many prestigious projects, adding that in future, the Riyadh Metro too would similarly evoke memories about Indian workers who had contributed to its construction.
The Indian Prime Minister said he often gets to know about Indians working abroad through letters he receives from their relatives. He added that he shares both their joys and their sorrows, through these letters.
“I feel I am a part of your family,” Modi said.
Modi mentioned the “e-migrate” initiative of the Union Government, which would facilitate people who wished to work abroad. He said more “worker resource centers” would be opened, and the MADAD portal was a way to immediately reach the Union Government. The Prime Minister said that India has the capacity to give the world the manpower it requires.
The gathering of over a thousand workers, cheered enthusiastically on many occasions as the Prime Minister spoke. The Prime Minister later mingled with the assembled workers, and shared snacks with them.