Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation with his 'Mann Ki Baat' on Sunday, amidst addressing rallies in poll-bound Assam.
In his address, PM Modi began by greeting the nation on Easter Sunday and soon launched into the upcoming clash between India and Australia for the World T20 Cup.
PM Modi also bemoaned the fact that India's glorious history in football is lacking today and wished to revive the world's beautiful game in every village across the country.
Here are highlights of PM Modi’s address:
If the citizens of my country are healthy, then India will also be healthy
A few days ago there was TB day. To fight TB you need correct and complete treatment, World TB day was observed on March 24. We are not scared of this disease anymore because we know that it is curable
Our lifestyle is the biggest reason of rising cases of diabetes
April 7 is the World Health Day and this year its theme is diabetes
Water conservation is something all of us need to work on and everyone should be connected to a People’s Movement to conserve water
Water level is going down gradually; we should work to conserve water
This is a very important time for farmers. All of us have to think about one thing and that is water conservation
PM emphasises on cleanliness at tourist spots across India.
My young friends, don’t let your holidays go just like that. Pick up one skill during the holidays.
FIFA Under-17 is an opportunity for India. Send your suggestions on the Narendra Modi App for branding India on global scale.
India had a good run in football earlier but that is not the case now. Our rankings are also very low.
I see that our youth is enjoying football like EPL. It’s important to take football to every village and FIFA U-17 is a great opportunity.
Due to the tournament that we are hosting, we will get an opportunity to create good sporting infrastructure also.
PM congratulates Indian cricket team for their wins against Pakistan & Bangladesh & conveys best wishes for the match today.
The Election Commission had given its nod to the Prime Minister's 'Mann ki Baat' radio broadcast on Sunday with instructions that the programme should adhere to the Model Code of Conduct in force due to assembly polls in five states.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry had approached the Commission to clear the broadcast of the monthly radio address due to Model Code.
Sources said the Commission gave its green signal to the address on Wednesday with instructions that the Model Code should not be violated.
"Nothing should be said which influences or impacts the voters of the five poll-bound states. These are the instructions which have been given while clearing the address," a source said.
He said since it is an "ongoing programme", the clearance was issued like in the past.
The Commission had been clearing the broadcast during assembly polls. It had given its nod for the programme during assembly polls to Maharashtra and Delhi and recently during
the Bihar assembly polls.
The opposition, especially the Congress, had approached the poll watchdog to stop the programme saying state machinery could be used to influence voters.
West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry are going to polls beginning April 4. The Model Code came into force on March 4 when the polls were announced by the