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Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi issues a clarion call to make India plastic-free

Prime Minister Modi's monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 25, 2019, 11.50 AM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a clarion call to make India plastic-free as the country gears up for ''mega festival'' on October 2, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Addressing the nation through his monthly radio programme ''Mann Ki Baat'', Modi said the spirit of service has been an inseparable part of Mahatma Gandhi's life and added, as ''we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th anniversary we'll not only be dedicating to him an open defecation free India but also kick-starting a mass movement for making India plastic-free,'' he said.

The prime minister appealed to the Indians to celebrate ''this year's Gandhi Jayanti by freeing Mother India of plastic''.

As India is preparing for the mega festival on October 2 the world is talking about it, he said.

Clearing the air on how Bear Grylls understood his Hindi during Man vs Wild episode, Modi said technology acted as a bridge between him and the survival instructor.

''A lot of people wanted to know how Bear Grylls understood my Hindi. People asked whether it was edited or shot multiple times,'' Modi said and added ''Technology acted as a bridge between me and him (Grylls) as a cordless device attached to his ear translated Hindi into English simultaneously''. 

On Aug 29, on the occasion of National Sports Day, the government will launch 'Fit India Movement' in the country, Modi said.

''I want to see you fit and make you fitness conscious,'' Modi noted.