New Delhi: Addressing the nation in this year’s last Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has new capabilities in 2020 and this can be termed ‘Aatmanirbharata’ or self-reliance.Also Read - Atmanirbhar Bharat, Vocal For Local: PM Modi Addresses Year's Last Mann Ki Baat | Highlights
PM Modi said, “Due to corona, the supply chains got disrupted the world over but we learnt new lessons from each crisis. The nation also developed new capabilities. We can call this capability ‘Aatmanirbharata’ or self-reliance.” Also Read - PM Modi to Address Nation Via His Last 'Mann ki Baat' Radio Programme For 2020 Today | Tune-in at 11 AM
“Customers too are demanding ‘Made In India’ toys. This is a big change in the thought process. This is a living example of a major transformation in people’s attitude and that too within a period of one year. It’s not easy to gauge this transformation,” PM Modi said in the 72nd edition of his monthly radio programme. Also Read - Govt Committed to Welfare of Farmers, Agricultural Laws Gave Them New Rights And Opportunities: PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat
PM Modi urged manufacturers and industry leaders of the country to ensure their products are world-class as the mantra of ‘Vocal for Local’ is resonating in every house. He also exhorted people to find a replacement of foreign products through Indian alternatives.
The PM said, “It is the right time to work with the ethics of ‘Zero Effect, Zero Defect’. I call upon our manufacturers and industry leaders that when people have taken determined step forward and when the mantra of ‘Vocal for Local’ is resonating in every house, it is time to ensure that our products are world-class. The Global best must be manufactured in India. For this, our entrepreneurs and startups must come forward.”
“I appeal to you to make a list of goods of daily use and analyse which imported articles have unconsciously become part of our lives and made us their captive. Let us find out their Indian alternatives and resolve to use products produced by the hard work of Indians,” PM Modi said.
“When I look at India’s youth, I feel elated & reassured. I feel so because my country’s youth has ‘Can Do’ approach and the spirit of ‘Will Do’. No challenge is too big for them. Nothing is beyond their reach,” he said.
PM Modi also asked people to use Kashmiri saffron and said that his government is working to make it a globally popular brand. “In May this year, the Kashmiri saffron was given the Geographical Indication Tag or GI tag. Through this, we want to make Kashmiri saffron a globally popular brand,” PM Modi said.
Noting that the issue of single-use plastic could not be discussed much due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, PM Modi asserted that ridding the country of single-use plastic is one of the resolves for the new year.
During his address, PM Modi also paid tributes to several revered Sikh personalities, including sons of Guru Gobind Singh, saying their sacrifices helped keep our culture safe.
“We pay tributes to the brave Chaar Sahibzaade, we remember Mata Gujri, we recall the greatness of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. We remain indebted to these greats for their sacrifices and their spirit of compassion,” he said.