Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation in the monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', at 11 am on Sunday. Modi hailed women for their contribution to the positive transformation of the country in this year's series of Mann Ki Baat.
The monthly radio programme which Modi first began in 2014, shortly after the BJP came to power at the Centre, is the Prime Minister's attempt to speak to the common man directly and sometimes features letters from the public.
Here are the highlights:
11:25 am: On 30th January we observe the Punya Tithi of Bapu. Peace and non-violence is what Bapu taught us. His ideals are extremely relevant today
11:21 am: I am sure you all felt proud after reading about the Padma Awards. We have honoured those who may not be seen in big cities but have done transformative work for society
11:20 am: Mission Clean Morna River is a wonderful initiative, where people came together to clean the river
11:18 am: Mangesh from Maharashtra shared a touching photograph on the NM Mobile App, of an elderly person and a young child taking part in the movement to clean the Morna river.
Mangesh from Maharashtra shared a touching photograph on the NM Mobile App, of an elderly person and a young child taking part in the movement to clean the Morna river. pic.twitter.com/KP2hR9CjFK— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2018
11:17 am: Towards affordable healthcare and 'Ease of Living
11:16 am: Darshan from Mysore, Karnataka has written on My Gov. He was undergoing an expenditure of six thousand rupees a month on medicines for the treatment of his father. Earlier, he wasn't aware of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana. But now that he's come to know of the Jan Aushadhi Kendra, he has begun purchasing medicines from there and expenses have been reduced by about 75%. He has expressed that I mention this in #MannKiBaat, so that it reaches the maximum number of people and they can benefit
11:11 am: I want to talk about something very unique in Bihar. A human chain was formed to spread awareness about evils of Dowry and child marriage. So many people joined the chain
11:10 am: Our society has always been flexible, says PM Modi
11:09 am: I want to appreciate the women of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. This is a Maoist affected area but the women there are operating e-rickshaws. This is creating opportunities, it is also changing the face of the region and is also environment friendly
11:07 am: India's Nari Shakti has contributed a lot in the positive transformation being witnessed in our country and society
11:06 am: Here, I would like to mention the Matunga Railway station which is an all-women station. All leading officials there are women. It is commendable: PM
11:05 am: A few days ago, the Honourable President of India met women achievers, who distinguished themselves in various fields
11:04 am: Women are advancing in many fields, emerging as leaders. Today there are many sectors where our Nari Shakti is playing a pioneering role, establishing milestones
11:03 am: It is in our culture to respect women
11:02 am: Prakash Tripathi wrote on the NM App- "1st February is the death anniversary of Kalpana Chawla. She left us in the Columbia space shuttle mishap, but not without becoming a source of inspiration for millions of young people the world over".
11:01 am: Kalpana Chawla has inspired the girls and women of our country to move forward with determination
This is the 40th episode of the monthly programme, which will be broadcast on All Indian Radio and Doordarshan. The programme will also be streamed on the You Tube channels of the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and DD News.
Modi has said in a tweet that he would like people to share their ideas and suggestions on the Narendra Modi App and the My Gov Open Forum, and can also dial the toll free number 1XXX-XX-7800 to record their message for the Prime Minister in Hindi or English.
People can also give a missed call on the number 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly give the suggestions to the Prime Minister.
Akashwani will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. Regional language versions of the programme will also be repeated at 8 p.m. In his 39th edition of 'Mann ki Baat' Prime Minister Modi had said, "A cleanliness survey will be conducted from January 4 to March 10, 2018, to evaluate achievements in the cleanliness level in our urban areas."