Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Sunday through his monthly radio programme, Mann ki Baat. This was the 31st episode of the programme. From VIP culture to climate change, PM Modi spoke on an array of topics.
Mann ki Baat highlights:
11.30 am: “It is very hot these days. Take care of yourselves and your dear ones,” PM Modi said. He concludes his speech.
11.29 am: Adding that ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikaas’ applies in global context as well, the prime minister announces launch of the South Asia satellite. “On the 5th of May, India will launch the South Asia Satellite. The facilities and capacities of the satellite will help in addressing South Asia’s economic and developmental priorities. It is important step by India to enhance co-operation with entire South Asia. I welcome all South Asian countries who joined us,” he says.
11.27 am: “I feel fortunate that the occasion of the great festival of Buddha Purnima is celebrated as Vesak day by the United Nations. This year it will take place in Sri Lanka.On this holy event I shall get opportunity to pay tributes to Lord Buddha in Sri Lanka,” says PM Modi.
11.26 am: PM Modi said it was “natural for him” to think of Babasaheb Ambedkar when people talk about Labour Day. “You would be aware that for the facilities and respect that workers have earned, we are grateful to Babasaheb,” he said. The prime minister also remembers Dattopant Thengdi, founder of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.
11.25 am: “This year we are celebrating the 1000th birth anniversary of Saint Ramanujacharya who struggled against social evils. In his memory, the Government of India is releasing a stamp tomorrow,” Modi said and added that May 1 carries one more significance since it is Labour Day.
11.24 am: “There is a strong opposition towards the VIP culture in our country. I only realised it recently. The government recently decided that no person in India, no matter how important, would not use the red beacon on his vehicle. However, we now need to cleanse the the VIP system out of our minds,” says PM Modi. “Instead of VIP, importance will be given to EPI(Every Person Important)”
11.23 am: “You should use BHIM app to make digital transactions. If new member does three transactions, performs financial business thrice, you will also earn Rs 10 for that,” Prime Minister said.
11.20 am: “Learn swimming or driving if you want to. Go to new destinations. Share your journey with me using #IncredibleIndia,” says PM Modi.
11.18 am: PM Modi urges youngsters to be in touch with their inner self. “Move a little away from technology. Learn a new language. It might be Tamil, Telegu, Gujarati or Malayali,” he said. “Do something out of the box.”
11.15 am: Have you ever thought of travelling in second class without reservation for 24 hours and you will experience and know more about the country. Play games with the underprivileged children of the society and it will be a different experience: PM Modi
11.13 am: “Our youngsters often prefer leading lives in comfort zones. Now that the vacation period is here, I request our youngsters to move towards new experiences, discover news places and new skills. I urge you to conduct new experiments,” says Modi.
11.10 am: PM Narendra Modi talks about summers affect humans as well as birds. He also talks about Save the Sparrows campaign.
11.06 am: The prime minister speaks on the global warming challenge. “Climate change was earlier a topic for academicians and seminar. However, today we experience this in our daily lives. Nature has changed the laws. May June ki garmi March April mein aagayi,” he says.
11.03 am: “I thank people for putting forward their suggestions on topics for Mann Ki Baat address. For instance, some asked me to speak on the food waste issue. After the previous address, I came across so many initiatives that were launched to tackle this issue.”
11.00 am: PM Modi begins his address.