Updated: September 27, 2021 3:27:25 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted the people ahead of the upcoming festival season even as he cautioned them to maintain Covid protocols and to ensure that those who are yet to receive their vaccinations are also inoculated.
In his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast, recorded before he left for the US for an official visit, Modi said everyone should get the vaccine administered when his or her turn comes and should also ensure that no one is left out of this “circle of safety”.
“With regards to vaccination, the country has made many such records which are being talked about the world over,” he said. “Those around you who have not gotten vaccinated also have to be taken to the vaccine centre. Even after getting vaccinated, the necessary protocol has to be followed.”
The Prime Minister also gave a call to mark this year’s Gandhi Jayanti by achieving record sales at Khadi Gramodyog outlets across the country.
“Bapu connected cleanliness with independence; the same way he made khadi the identity of freedom. Today in the 75th year of freedom, when we are celebrating the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, we can say with satisfaction today that our young generation today is giving khadi the place of pride that khadi had during freedom struggle…
“On October 2, on revered Bapu’s birth anniversary, let us aim for another new record… For the festive season, every khadi, handloom, cottage industry purchase of yours should strengthen the campaign for ‘Vocal for Local’, it should break all old records,” said the Prime Minister.
Modi dedicated this month’s Mann ki Baat to World Rivers Day, which is marked on Sunday. The Prime Minister said in India, we revere rivers, but on the other hand, we pollute them. Pointing out that great progress was being made through the government’s Namami Gange programme, Modi said the money collected through the e-auction of gifts which he has received (launched on September 17 and to continue till October 8), will be given to Namami Gange.
The Prime Minister also mentioned the feat of the team of eight specially-abled persons setting a world record by hoisting the Indian flag on the Kumar Post at Siachen Glacier, at an altitude of more than 15,000 feet.
He pointed to the ‘One Teacher, One Call’’ campaign in Uttar Pradesh for specially-abled children. Spearheaded by the principal of a school in Dabhaura Gangapur, Deepmala Pandey, more than 350 teachers have been making house calls to ensure the admission of specially-abled children in the school.
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