New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ has always been apolitical and that he has always raised issues of social relevance through it. “I have never used Mann Ki Baat to raise political issues or tom-tom government’s achievements. It has been a platform where issues of social relevance have been raised,” Modi said in the 50th episode of his radio address. Also Read - Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi Urges People to Visit Kumbh Festival, Shares Pictures on Social Media
Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the 50th edition of Mann ki Baat radio programme which has touched upon various social, national and international issues. The programme began at 11 AM, and was streamed on the YouTube channels of the Prime Minister’s Office, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, AIR and DD News and was simultaneously broadcast on AIR’s website – www.allindiaradio.gov.in. Also Read - Pakistan Welcomes PM Modi's Phone Call to Imran Khan
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The Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast by Narendra Modi started months after him assuming the prime minister’s office. The first episode of the monthly radio programme was broadcasted on October 2014. The highlight of this episode was Prime Minister Modi’s insistence on the usage of Khadi products, which subsequently boosted the sale of such products by over 100 per cent.
The last episode of Mann Ki Baat programme was aired on October 28. During that day’s address, Prime Minister Modi outlined the IT for society initiative for promoting selfless service, acknowledged the contribution of Sardar Patel for uniting India and also paid homage to army soldiers and their families on the occasion of Infantry day. He also showered praise on Rajasthan’s Bishnoi community and said that they have shown us a way of environment protection especially, in context of serving trees, they prefer laying down their lives but cannot tolerate any harm to the single tree.
As the last address was broadcasted days before the festival of Diwali, Prime Minister Modi has also urged people to buy indigenous products in order to support countrymen. He had also requested farmers to give up the practice of stubble burning in order to curb air pollution.
In the past, American President Barack Obama had also joined Prime Minister Modi in Mann Ki Baat address episode broadcasted on January 2015. The former United State’s president had shared personal stories and gave insights over what it takes to achieve life goals.
The toll-free telephone lines were also introduced in September 2015 for connecting more people, especially the differently abled to connect with the radio programme.
The 50th episode of this monthly programme will be broadcasted on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan. It is also live streamed on official YouTube channels of the Prime Minister’s Office, Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
(With agency inputs)