National

Mann Ki Baat: Prime Minister Asks The Country To Pledge For A 'New India'

NEWS WORLD INDIA | 0
1843
| July 30 , 2017 , 14:33 IST

Addressing the nation in his monthly radio address, 'Mann Ki Baat', which airs on the last Sunday of every month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised various issues from Gujarat flood, farmers and festivals to Independence and 'New India'.

Speaking at his radio address on Sunday, the Prime Minister recited the Independence movement and asked the country to take pledge for a "New India" and celebrate this August 9 as 'Pledge Day' and take a pledge as an individual that he or she will contribute something for the nation.

"Today, we do not have to die for the nation. We have to live for our nation and take it to new heights of progress," he said.

He also remembered Mahatma Gandhi recalling the Non-Cooperation Movement and Quit India Movement. He said, "We must also take pledge to ensure dirtiness, poverty, corruption, terrorism, caste system, communalism "quit India".

He asked every social organisation, educational institute, public sector and others to help in making this movement successful.

ALSO READ: We Welcome Criticism, Says PM Modi During Mann Ki Baat

The Prime Minister also spoke of the approaching festivals like Rakhi and Diwali, saying "such festivities also extend an opportunity to the poor to earn their livelihood".

"Our festivals are not just a mode of entertainment but also a campaign for social improvement. All our festivals are connected with the economic life of poor people."

"These festivals connect the individual with the society... As far as the economy is concerned, months before the festival of Rakhi, the manufacturing of 'rakhis' starts in small-scale units across hundreds of families," Modi said."Lokmanya Tilak started the 'Sarvjanik Ganeshotsav' with the basic aim to inculcate the spirit of unity, enhance awareness in society, and promote the culture of togetherness. So this year, we should again, during the Ganesh festival, organise essay competitions, have open discussions and remember the contributions of Lokmanya Tilak," he said.

The Prime Minister also spoke of the tragic flood in his home state Gujarat where he was the Chief Minister for 12 years. Apart from the dreadful loss, the Prime Minister also appraised the national agencies and volunteers who took immediate actions and saved hundreds of lives.

Modi said, "governmental agencies, Indian Army, National Disaster Response Force, para-military forces, everyone gets down to help others(during the flood)"

ALSO READ: Meet This 16-Yr-Old-Boy Who Talks About Modi's Mann Ki Baat And Implements It Too!

He also expressed his concern for the farmers saying that they are the primary flood victims and that his government is endeavouring to get them the compensation for the crop loss through insurance as soon as possible.