Updated: March 28, 2021 1:03:22 pm
Modernisation in the agriculture sector is the need of the hour as already a lot of time has been lost, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during the Mann ki Baat address Sunday.
“In order to create new employment opportunities in the agriculture sector, to increase farmers’ income, it is equally important to adopt new alternatives, innovations along with traditional agricultural practices,” he said. The country has witnessed this during the white revolution and bee farming is also emerging as one such alternative, he said.
The prime minister’s call for embracing modern practices in agriculture comes at a time when hundreds of farmers have been camping at Delhi’s border points at Ghazipur, Singhu and Tikri since November last year demanding that the Centre repeal the three contentious farm laws.
During the address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hailed the corona warriors. “It was in March last year when we heard the term ‘Janata Curfew’. It became an inspiration for the entire world as it was an extraordinary example of discipline. I laud citizen’s conduct during Janata curfew. Our love and respect for corona warriors was well received,” he said.
PM Modi also lauded the vaccination programs in the country. “In March last year, all of us were worried about vaccination against coronavirus. But today, India is running the world’s biggest vaccination drive.” “In UP’s Jaunpur, a 109-yr-old woman got herself vaccinated. Similarly, a 107-yr-old man in Delhi got himself vaccinated. We have to make people committed towards the mantra of ‘Dawai bhi, Kadai bhi‘,” the prime minister said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modu also congratulated Mitahli Raj and PV Sindu during the address. “Mitali Raj has inspired many women and men in the world. I congratulate her for achieving 10,000 runs in women’s cricket. PV Sindhu won the Silver medal recently. I am happy that daughters are creating a niche for themselves in sports and other segments in life.”
During the address, PM Modi also thanked the listeners for helping Mann ki Baat reach the milestone of 75 episodes. Stating that “it seems like yesterday that the edition was started,” PM Modi said, “During Mann Ki Baat, we have discussed a wide range of subjects. We all have learnt so much. Diverse topics have been covered,” he said.
Mann Ki Baat completes 75 episodes at a time when India is looking forward to marking our ‘Amrut Mahotsav’, Modi said underlining the importance of the celebrations of 75 years of Independence. “The sacrifices of our great freedom fighters must inspire us to think about our duties as a citizen. This is something Mahatma Gandhi talked about extensively,” he said.
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