Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 68th edition of his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat on 30 August.
The PM’s address comes a day after the Centre releases guidelines for Unlock 4.0, the fourth phase of opening of the economy after coronavirus lockdown. Meanwhile, coronavirus cases in India crossed the 35 lakh-mark according to the health ministry dashboard on 30 August morning.
Modi’s top quotes from the broadcast:
• On Mann ki Baat, PM Modi hailed the discipline shown by people during festival time in view of the coronavirus crisis.
• The PM also praised the farmers of India for having proved their mettle during the pandemic. Sowing of Kharif crops has been seven per cent higher than the last year while cotton has been sown about 3% higher, he said.
• ‘I thought about children during COVID-19 lockdown and discussed ways to make India a global hub in making toys’, PM Modi said on Mann Ki Baat.
• ‘We have given focus on toys in the National Education Policy too. Learning while playing, making toys etc has been made a part of curriculum’, said Modi. The global toy industry is worth Rs 7 lakh crore, but India’s share in it is quite small, he said, adding that India now needs to become vocal for local toys.
• PM Modi encouraged youth to be more innovative. He asked young entrepreneurs to develop computer games and talked about Niti Ayog’s Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge. This challenge is aimed at identifying the best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world class Apps in their respective categories. “India is known as a land of innovators,” he said.
• India is celebrating Nutrition Month in September, PM said, pointing out the importance of nutritious diets for pregnant women and children. “Schools are being involved. There should be a nutrition monitor just like there is a class monitor. There should be a nutrition card along with the report card. Such initiatives are also being taken,” the PM said.
• PM Modi hailed the role of dogs in various security operations. He spoke about the Indian Army dogs Vida and Sophie, who were awarded the Chief of Army Staff ‘Commendation Cards’ on the 74th Independence Day this year. He urged all Indians who were thinking of adopting pets to bring home dogs of local breeds.
Modi discusses Aatma Nirbhar plan in Mann Ki Baat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 30 August once again exhorted the people of the country to make India self-reliant. Addressing the nation on ‘Mann Ki Baat’, PM Modi focussed on toys to realise this dream.
“Global toy industry is over Rs 7 lakh crore but India’s share is very small. We will have to work to increase it,” he said.
The prime minister said that thinking about children during COVID-19 lockdown, and held discussions with industry representatives to increase the production of indigenous toys.
He called upon start-up entrepreneurs to ‘team up for toys’, saying it is time to get vocal for local toys. “Come, let’s play,” said PM Modi on the 68th edition of his monthly radio address.
He said that the new National Education Policy too focuses on toys for children to nurture their creativity and innovation quotient.
The prime minister asked young entrepreneurs to develop computer games in and about India.
He talked about an app innovation challenge which was held earlier this month in which many indigenous applications won great honours. “Everyone acknowledges capability of Indians to offer innovation, solutions. And when there is dedication and sensitivity, this power becomes limitless,” he said.
“Under Aatma Nirbhar Bharat App innovation challenge, there is an app called Kutuki Kids Learning app. This is an interactive app for children in which they can easily learn many aspects of maths, science through songs and stories,” he said. The prime minister also listed other similar apps on different topics.
PM Modi also hailed the discipline shown by the people of India during the festival season, which will help check the spread of COVID-19.
“We have seen unprecedented restraint and simplicity in our festivals during COVID-19 times,” said PM Modi. “People are being responsible. They are showing great discipline in celebrating festivals.”
He hailed the farmers for increase in sowing area for different grains. “Our lives and society are driven by the power of agriculture only. Our farmers have proved their mettle even during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
The prime minister talked about the importance of nutrition and said it is the duty of every citizen to eat healty food. PM Modi said that apart from children, the women too should have healthy food.
“We have a saying ‘Yatha Annam Tatha Mannam’. It means our mental and intellectual development is directly related to the quality of our food intake,” said PM Modi.
He ended the Mann Ki Baat address with wishing people good health and urging them to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.