Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the public in India, on his monthly radio show “Mann Ki Baat”, and spoke about the various ideas and innovations that the government is planning to carry out in 2016.
On his hour long talk show, Modi affirmed that it was time to direct ‘fundamental duties’ in the country, by giving ‘duties’ equal importance as ones ‘rights’. For this, Modi has invited people’s views on this topic, by Republic Day. He has asked schools and colleges to hold essay-writing and poetry competitions on the topic “duties” before January 26, 2016.
“There is a lot of discussion on fundamental rights and there should be. But there is very little discussion on fundamental duties. Our Constitution gives importance to duties as well,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi has asked people to communicate with him on the ‘mygov.in’ portal as well as his new “Narendra Modi App”. He referred to the need of taking up tasks like cleaning up statues of various personalities located in various cities, towns and villages. Modi also attempted to reach out to the youth by seeking ideas from them about the “National Youth Festival” that will commence on January 12, marking the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
On his last talk show for the year 2015, he declared the launch of a creative effort “Start-up India, Stand-up India” to be held on January 16. The Prime Minister emphasized on the opportunities that would open up for the youth in the country.
“Be it manufacturing, service sector or agriculture, this new initiative will bring in new ideas, new ways, and new innovations”, he added.
Modi said that a blueprint on the plan of action will be presented on the day of the launch. The Prime Minister also referred to the “Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme” that received a place in the Guinness World Records as the largest scheme to be ever launched.
“It gives me immense pleasure to announce that the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme has recently found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and it has been implemented successfully,” he said. “As of now, already Rs.40,000 crore has been transferred to the accounts of the beneficiaries through different schemes. I believe about 35-40 schemes are being integrated with the direct benefit transfer scheme,” Modi added.
The Prime Minister extended his greetings and wishes for New Year to every citizen of India. He also urged the public to change the way physically challenged people are addressed. He detailed on the need to use the term “divine ability” instead of “differently abled”.
“We often address the physically challenged people as handicapped, disabled and specially-abled. But sometimes, when we get introduced to them, we get to know that they are endowed with ‘extra power’ which can’t be seen with bare eyes. Then this idea came to my mind: why don’t we use the term ‘Divyang’ (divine body) instead of ‘Viklang’ for the physically challenged people?” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his radio address “Mann Ki Baat”. “
Modi’s radio show concluded with him citing a letter by a Ganesh V. Sawaleshwarkar from Pune who mentioned about the need to ensure cleanliness at tourists places.
Modi welcomed a fellow Indian’s suggestion, and asserted that clean tourist spots will contribute to building a better image of India in the world. “Many foreigners come to visit the country during the festival season,” he added.