Exclusive Interview with Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Passport Man of India | Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas 2019

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Dyaneshwar Mulay Passport Man Of India on Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas

New Delhi: Every other Indian seems to have a traumatic tale about getting a passport, including Dnyaneshwar Mulay, who earned the Moniker, ‘Passport Man of India’ , for simplifying the process that used to give “sleepless nights” to applicants.

In fact, his personal experience was so daunting that it strengthened his resolve to streamline the procedure, which was once considered as insurmountable as Mt Everest.

In his current charge as Secretary (CPV&OIA), Mulay is keen that passport services within India are easily accessible to every Indian citizen and similarly the Indian visa process is made more efficient. With his vast experience in dealing with Indian diaspora, he is working for stronger and deeper engagement with the diaspora.

Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Secretary (CPV & OIA), Ministry of External Affairs, in an exclusive conversation with Ten News discussed about Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, the gamut of the work being done by his ministry, including the passport issuance process and its improvements over the years, various schemes for the Indian diaspora, and much more.

*Please enlighten us with upcoming Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas and how it is going to be different from previous such occasions?*

This year Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas will be very different from all the 14th editions in the past. Varanasi which is continuously oldest living city. Along with PBD people will also be a part of Kumbh at Prayagraj. Thereafter the participants will be brought to Republic Day parade, which is a experience in itself. Tent city created called Baleshwar Aggarwal Nagar for people to stay in Varanasi. There is also something called Kashi ka Athititya in Varanasi which will actually open their houses for the overseas participants who are coming to Varanasi.

*Indian diaspora has been one of the forces to recon with globally and their contribution in art, culture, ligature, politics, diplomacy and corporate is second to none. How does our government plan to leverage this key resource?*

Government is already trying to use their “Expertise and Experience”. Infact we are naturally looking for the finance from the Diaspora. What is important is these scientist and technocrats, technicians who have knowledge in various areas they should come to India and connect only not to only our institutions but with also people of the country. Because India have its resources on its own, what requires is a good technology, new ideas and best practices.

*Globally, key political powers are using its diaspora resources as a soft power in a fast changing geo political ecosystem. Given India’s diaspora strength, what would you prescribe we as a nation should do to build on this immense resource?*

I think there is need for people in our country to contact with overseas Indians more effectively to bring development in the infrastructure sector, to bring ideas in education particularly higher education, to bring creativity to business and in our industry and other areas like health, river navigation so there are any number of areas. Most importantly for me it has to become a people’s movement.

*Recent World Bank Report On Development and Immigration puts Indian diaspora remittances at record USD 78 billion ahead by a long shot of China consistently over the past few years. What does this signify and how should this be more and better utilised from diaspora’s economic contribution to India?*

Well this is really a effective indicator belonging to the Diaspora segment which is connected to India. We have gone ahead of China, Mexico, Philippines which use to receive huge remittances. There is a large scope not only for getting remittances but also investments. The networth of overseas Indians could be in-between few hundred billions to trillion. Now these members of Diaspora are keenly interested in investing . We need to further improve the ecosystem in our country to recive the investment and technology.

*Due to your leadership work and innovation, you have been one single influence in making passport related services a lot more easier earning epithet of ‘passport man of India’. What are next few measures that you intend to advise should be incorporated to take passport services to people’s door step?*

Well today we are aiming in a very ambitious manner to reach every Lok Sabha constituency as fast as possible. In this process alone in last two years 272 new passport Centres have been created in the country, this is an addition to 77 which we have established till 2014.so this is an remarkable level in terms of access. What is important is also the police verification becomes faster, efficient and more transparent because that is one area we are lacking.

*Indian diaspora seems to have reported difficulties over the years when they move outtennews.in : NCR Delhi News Portal – Latest Top Ten News Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida , Yamuna Expressway

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