The Prime Minister in his address spoke at length on several issues like khadi, skill development, empowerment of village and impressed upon the people to generate confidence among themselves, including the specially-abled children.
Here a few things that PM talked about
Wished the nation on Dussehra
In the 'Mann ki Baat' (heart talk) programme that coincided with Dusshera, the Prime Minister said, "the 125 crore Indians are blessed with immense skill and strength. All we need to do is to understand our strengths."
Advocates need of use of khadi
Urging the need for use of khadi products as the PM asked all the Indians to buy products made of ‘khadi' as it will be a fitting homage to Mahatma Gandhi.
"We must promote the use of khadi. Buy at least one khadi article. It will help the poor and in one house one Diwali diya would be lit this festive season," Modi said. It will be a major boost to the ailing ‘khadi industry' if people really paid heed to the PM suggestions. Products sold at ‘khadi gramodyog' are prepared by poor craftsmen.
Motivates citizens to recognise their capabilities
Citing the example of India's successful Mars Mission the Prime Minister also motivated the listeners to recognise their capabilities and use them.
"You know, our scientists have undertaken the Mars mission successfully at minimum expenses. There is nothing lacking in our capabilities. We only have forgotten our strengths. We have forgotten ourselves as if we have become despondents. My brothers and sisters, this cannot be," he said.
While narrating a short story of Swami Vivekananda about how a lion brought up by sheep rediscovered his prowess after coming in touch with another lion, the PM said, "We need to recognize our internal strengths".
"If we move ahead with self-respect and right identity, we will emerge victorious," he said.
Urges for participation in Swachchh Bharat Mission
The Prime Minister urged the billions of radio listeners to join the government's ambitious ‘Swachchh Bharat Mission' which kicked off yesterday. The PM appealed the people join this initiative to make India clean and said that it is the need of the hour that every Indian shows his/her participation in keeping the public places and surroundings clean.
Bats for skill development at schools
He cited some suggestions received by him through emails, which included that skill development should start from 5th standard, special programmes for specially-abled children to motivate them, more dustbins, ban on polythene and making easier the registration of small scale industries.
The PM's call for starting skill development classes will ensure that kids will become more deft as they will learn about it from an early age.
"On mail lot of people wrote to me that children should begin skill development courses at a very young age. This is a good suggestion," he said. "This nation belongs to everyone. It is important for people to be a part of the development journey," he said.
Names citizens who gave suggestions on mygov.in
In his 15-minute address, titled "Mann Ki Baat" the PM surprised one and all after he referred to two citizens who had contacted him. By naming those who are making suggestions on his website http://www.mygov.in the PM has sent a clear signal that he do reads people's suggestions and it will increase public participation.
One of the two people whom the PM mentioned is an engineer from Mumbai named Ganesh Venkatidiri.
"It hasn't really sunk in but when PM mentioned my name during his address on AIR, I was surprised and felt extremely happy," Venkatidiri said to news agency ANI. "I can now believe responses are being received, I will ask others too to communicate suggestions to the PM," he said.
Modi welcomed suggestions from people across the country and said that through mails, social media a lot of people write to him.
Promises to connect with the people regularly
The PM also said that he would connect with the people twice a month on a Sunday at 11 am through radio. Expressing his happiness he said: "I am very happy that I can reach all of you through the radio, especially our poor, the villages."