PM Modi among top leaders of the world: Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said India's prestige in the international arena has risen "dramatically" in the last one year, catapulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the top leaders of the world.

Dehradun: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said India's prestige in the international arena has risen "dramatically" in the last one year, catapulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the top leaders of the world.

"It is no mean achievement that in just one year of his tenure our Prime Minister has emerged as one of the front ranking leaders of the world," Swaraj said here.

Swaraj, who is here to participate in programmes to mark completion of Modi government's one year in office, attributed the rise in India's prestige abroad to the "candour" with which the Prime Minister is dealing with neighbouring countries like China and the role played by the country in tackling the crises in Ukraine, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

"We had to confront the crisis in these countries soon after taking over but we acted with confidence and were successful in rescuing thousands of our compatriots as well as people from our neighbouring countries," Swaraj said.

"Our Prime Minister earned the praise of Chinese leaders for the candour with which?he put across his point of view before them. He told them clearly how by cementing ties the two neighbours could become a formidable force in South Asia," she said.

On India's diplomatic efforts regarding Pakistan, Swaraj said there is much more clarity today on India's stand on resumption of talks with the neighbour.

"We have offered three conditions for resumption of talks with Pakistan. One, all negotiation has to take place in a peaceful environment. Two, there should be no third party mediation and three, talks and trouble along the borders cannot go together," she said.

Contending that the country had taken big strides in bringing foreign investment, Swaraj said the first year was spent in generating confidence among potential investors abroad and the next year will see them coming to India.

Swaraj said people had reason to look back at one year of Modi government with satisfaction as major steps were taken by the Centre to fulfil their expectations with which they gave a clear mandate to BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.

The poor who had never stepped on to the threshold of a bank were given the facility of opening an account with zero balance under the 'Jan Dhan Yojana'.

Several skill development programmes were launched for the youth and women to make them?self-reliant.

Highlighting several social security and welfare schemes launched during the year, Swaraj said the Prime Minister Durghatna Bima Yojana which is done at a small premium of Rs 1 per month was unique as it is affordable for the last man on the street.

She also spoke of the revised norms for paying compensation to farmers whose crops are destroyed by natural calamities.

"Earlier farmers who lost 50 per cent of their crops got compensation. Now they get compensation even if they lose 33 per cent of their crops," she said, adding, all welfare schemes were initiated by the Centre in "mission mode".

She also spoke of the huge response generated among NRIs by projects like Namami Gange and the one for construction of toilets in rural areas.

A large number of NRIs are keen to be associated with these projects as it will offer them an opportunity to contribute to the development of their country, she said. 

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