2.36L Indians in distress abroad rescued in 4.5 years: Swaraj

Nagpur: Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said the biggest achievement of her ministry was the help provided to abroad.
“In the last four-and-a-half years, we have been able to rescue 2,36,666 of our citizens who were in trouble on foreign soil,” she said while speaking at a public dedication ceremony of a memorial of Maushi Kelkar, founder of Rashtra Sevka Samiti in Ram Nagar’s Shri Shaktipeeth, on Maushi’s 40th death anniversary.

She said the foreign policy initiatives by the Narendra Modi regime were unprecedented as “we have been able to strike a perfect balance and managed good relations with the United States as well as Russia, the two nations that were at loggerheads”.

“Similarly, we had very purposeful ties with each of the clashing nations — Saudi Arabia and Iran , Palestine and Israel, where Modi became the first Indian prime minister to visit. The push to ‘nation first’ credo made all this possible,” Swaraj said.

Swaraj’s visit to the city was her first after the BJP came to power in 2014. She arrived at noon from Delhi. However, she did no visit the RSS headquarters during the day-long visit.

For most BJP leaders and Union ministers, calling on Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat is customary. Perhaps because of her feeble health, she rested for a few hours after arrival, before attending the evening function, and flew back to Delhi. She also avoided talking to waiting reporters at the airport and at Devi Ahilya Mandir in Dhantoli where she rested.

“Maushiji dedicated her life to women empowerment, building confidence among girls. Had she been alive, she would have been happy to see how under the Modi regime, campaigns like Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and selfie-with-daugther evoked mass appeal. Also, the drive against female foeticide had succeeded,” she said.

The renovated memorial designed by architect Satpute comprises a statue, library and a temple.

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