Prime Minister Narendra Mondi on 27 December said that India has learnt lessons from the coronavirus pandemic as it has developed new capabilities from the crisis.
During his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, PM Modi said: “Due to Corona, the supply chains got disrupted the world over but we learnt new lessons from every crisis. The nation also developed new capabilities. We can call this capability Aatmanirbharata or self-reliance.”
Modi stressed that there has been an increase in demand for the Make in India products. “Customers too, are demanding Made In India toys. This is a big change in the thought process. This is a living example of a major transformation in people’s attitude and that too within a period of one year. It’s not easy to gauge this transformation,” he said.
“I call upon our manufacturers and industry leaders that when people have taken determined step forward and when the mantra of ‘Vocal for Local’ is resonating in every house, it is time to ensure that our products are world-class,” the Prime Minister added.
Resolve to use Indian-produced goods: Modi
Modi appealed to people to find out Indian alternatives of imported items of daily use and asked them to resolve to use products that Indians have produced.
“I appeal to you to make a list of goods of daily use and analyse which imported articles have unconsciously become part of our lives and made us their captive. Let us find out their Indian alternatives and resolve to use products produced by the hard work of Indians,” he said.
On the day of martyrdom of Guru Govind Singh Ji’s mother Mata Gujri Ji, Modi said that people reverently remember the supreme sacrifice of the family of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. “This martyrdom gave a new lesson to the entire humanity and the entire country. This martyrdom did a great work of protecting our civilization,” he added.
“On this day, Guru Govind Singh Ji’s mother Mata Gujri Ji embraced martyrdom. About a week back was the day of martyrdom of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji. I had the privilege to pay my obeisance to Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji at Gurudwara Rakab Ganj in Delhi,” he further added.
Meanwhile, the farmers protesting at Delhi’s Singhu border against the Centre’s three new agriculture-related laws banged utensils. Earlier this week, the farm leaders had urged people to beat utensils during Modi’s Mann Ki Baat radio programme, the same way the prime minister had asked people in March to beat ‘thalis’ (steel plates).
“When the prime minister will speak, ‘we appeal to the people of the entire country to bang utensils in your houses throughout the duration of his programme to drown out his Mann Ki Baat’,” Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Jagjeet Singh Dalewala had said.
The is the 72nd edition of Prime Minister’s monthly radio programme. It will also be the last Mann Ki Baat of the year 2020. The Prime Minister in a tweet had on 26 December said that Akashvani will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast on All India Radio, DD and Narendra Modi mobile app.
“How would you sum up the year gone by? What do you look forward to the most in 2021? Share this, and more in the final Mann Ki Baat of 2020 on 27 December. Write on MyGov, NaMo App or record your message on 1800-11-7800,” Modi tweeted on 18 December.