British peer Lord Swraj Paul has praised India’s prime minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to engage with the diaspora, saying he had raised the country’s profile on the international stage.
Lord Paul, who heads the Caparo Group, is visiting India to discuss bilateral education projects. He called on Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel and pledged his support to the education sector in the state.
“My field at present is education. During my meeting with the chief minister, we discussed my links with UK-based universities, which can prove useful for the development of education sector here. I told her I will be glad to talk to them (universities) and see what can be done,” he said.
In his remarks during his visit to Modi’s home state, Lord Paul said: “He (Modi) is moving in the right direction. He has raised the profile of India and Indians all over the world.
“From an NRI’s (non resident Indian) point of view, he is the first PM (prime minister) after 35 years who has recognised the strength and ability of NRIs. For that, NRIs are proud of Modi. He has a lot of ideas, dynamism and desire to take this country ahead. We wish him luck.”
Dismissing accusations that Modi “favoured” only the rich and ignored under-privileged people, Lord Paul said his government was doing everything it could to improve the lives of the less fortunate.
“I believe that this government does more for the poor than the rich. After a long time, people at least heard that something should be done for the poor. I think Modi is talking about the poor and paying due attention to their problems,” he said.
It will be a year in May since the Modi government came to power. Lord Paul said it was too early to rate the performance of the government.
“It is a general tendency to measure the performance of government after one month or one year.
“Let me tell you that no miracle happens in one year. But there is a buzz all around that something positive is happening, which is a good sign,” he said.
While in Gujarat, Lord Paul, accompanied by his son, Angad Paul, also visited their company’s manufacturing facility at Sanand.
The Caparo Group has two auto-ancillary units in Halol and one at Sanand. Angad Paul hinted at possible expansion of their manufacturing facility at Sanand, which is about 30km from Ahmedabad.
“We have 10 acres of land near our existing facility at Sanand. We are in the process of expanding our capacity to set up another unit there to cater to the upcoming auto companies in that region. However, we are yet to decide on the size of our investment for that facility,” said Angad.