Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday addressed the nation through his popular radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’. He spoke on demonetisation and the efforts undertaken by his government to ease the inconvenience caused due to the scrapping of high denomination currency notes. This was his first ‘Mann ki Baat’ after his November 8 announcement, declaring Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes as illegal. The issue derailed Parliamentary proceedings, with a majority of the Opposition vociferously attacking the Centre over the move and PM Modi for ‘failing’ to take part in the House debate. On Monday, Opposition parties called for a countrywide protest against demonetisation.
In the 25th edition of the programme, PM Modi praised the security forces for their sacrifices and underlined that it wouldn’t have been possible to celebrate Diwali without them securing our borders. “Our jawans have been sacrificing their lives in the last last few months. We should celebrate this Diwali in their name,” he said.
The prime minister also touched on issues like gender discrimination and open defecation in the country. Much of his address, however, was dedicated to jawans. With an increase in ceasefire violations across border, he urged everyone to boost the morale of the security forces.