WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jan 28, 2018, 04.50 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the nation in this year's first 'Mann ki Baat' programme.
This is the 40th edition of the Mann Ki Baat programme.
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 of PM Narendra Modi's Mann ki Baat address:
Mission Clean Morna River is a wonderful initiative, where people came together to clean the 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.
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 Mann Ki Baat, so that it reaches the maximum number of people and they can benefit towards affordable healthcare and 'Ease of Living.'
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.
PM Modi says a citizen 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.”
This is the first episode of Mann Ki Baat in the year 2018. Just a few days ago, we celebrated our Republic Day with great fervour. This is the first time in history that heads of 10 Nations attended the ceremony: PM Modi.