Successful diplomatic efforts of the union government has earned India a “new found” respect in the global order, said President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the start of Budget session this morning. The President also referred to India’s representation at various international bodies, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
In his address, he also described inclusion of India in the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the Wassenar Arrangement and Australia Group as an “important” achievement of the government.
This success has come after a long wait and with prolonged efforts, President Ram Nath Kovind noted.
“90,000 Indians stranded abroad have been brought back since 2014,” he said underlining that today all Indians residing in any corner of the world are confident that in case of a crisis, the government will provide them with a safe passage to the country.
Holding that service to humanity was an integral part of India’s cultural heritage, he said because of these values, India has always remained the first responder in times of crises, such as the earthquake in Nepal, flood calamity in Sri Lanka and drinking water crisis in Maldives.
“Due to the successful diplomatic efforts of my Government, there has been a new found respect for India. As a result, India has been able to secure representation in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, International Maritime Organisation and Economic and Social Council.
“In a keenly contested election to the International Court of Justice, India emerged victorious,” he said.
While Neeru Chadha had won a crucial election to the top UN judicial body that deals with disputes related to the law of the sea, Dalveer Bhadari was re-elected to the ICJ.
Terming the commencement of operations at Chabahar Port as “historic”, he said first shipment of wheat has been sent to Afghanistan through the port. An air-corridor between India and Afghanistan has been made operational this year and shipment of freight has started.
The President also referred to the conference of parliamentarians of Indian origin earlier this month. Indian origin parliamentarians from 24 different countries participated in the event, first of its own kind on January 9 in New Delhi. Prime Minister Modi too had spoken during the event.
He also noted that ties with the Indian diaspora are being progressively strengthened.
The Ministry of External Affairs, in collaboration with the Department of Posts, has embarked upon a comprehensive programme for expansion of passport services in the country and under this programme, establishment of 251 passport service kendras has been announced, of which 60 centres have started functioning, Kovind added.
(With inputs from PTI)