He was leading a delegation of
ten Indian MPs to Australia to follow up the successful visit of the
Prime Minister and learn about several good practices in Australia.
Rudi, accompanied by his wife, said the Modi government had
completed one year in office.
Rudi praised the accompanying MPs from all parties but was
hesitant to talk much about the BJP achievements.
Answering a question about what has been done for creating a
skilled pool for the benefit of the developed world as outlined
by Modi, he said that the government was focusing on skills
development for the youth and had created a strong foundation to
The delegation earlier visited a skill development institute in
Melbourne to observe it at work.
These MPs were observing and learning a great deal and the
Non-BJP ones may ultimately support the government in approving some
new initiatives and bills.
Two MPs are Arjuna awardees in soccer and hockey, both popular in
The MPs dined on different tables to interact with the Australian
Also present were a few Indian high commission officials.
On his first overseas official trip, the minister answered a
number of questions about NRI issues and their relationship with
He hoped to get their support for the new projects such as Make
it India, Digital India, Clean India among others.
Members of the Indian diaspora said they were enjoying their life
in a developed country like Australia and were willing to help
A community leader claimed his association is supporting 1,400
He mentioned their donations for Nepal earthquake and Andhra
cyclone, among other causes.
Karan Singh, the trustee of a unique old age home for
Indians, said this was the first such project in the Indian
diaspora in partnership with the Dutch community.
The minister invited the Australian Indians to send in their
suggestions for India’s progress.
The host and Master of Ceremonies was Vasan Srinivasan, the first
Indian nominated to the Multi-Cultural Council of Australia.
The Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria with membership
of 28 bodies of the diaspora from most Indian states and Fiji,
invited their top office bearers to an Indian restaurant for this