New Delhi | The Prime Minister also referred to the ‘Start-Up India’ scheme rolled out on January 16 and said it had infused new energy among the youth. He said there was a wrong notion earlier that the initiative is limited to the sophisticated area of Information Technology and now it has become clear that there are enormous opportunities under this programme in all kinds of sectors and areas, including farming. In this regard, he gave some examples of StartUp in farming sector in Sikkim which was recently declared an Organic State. He invited more examples of StartUp initiatives. In his nearly 30-minute radio broadcast, Modi also talked about cleanliness and beautification efforts being made in the country as also the upcoming South Asian games to be held in Guwahati and board examinations for Class X and XII.
Referring to efforts to beautify places like railway stations, bus stands, temples, mosques, churches, besides keeping them clean, he asked people to send photos to him displaying this endeavour. He also appealed to the people to keep statues clean as a mark of respect to departed leaders. Modi also underlined the importance of duty of citizens along with their rights. He referred to the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi which was yesterday and said people should every year observe a two-minute silence at 11 AM in the memory of the country’s martyrs. Talking about popularising of Khadi regarding which he had issued an appeal in his first ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme in October 2014, the Prime Minister said more and more youths are now using Khadi products. He, once again, asked people to have at least one set of Khadi clothing as part of their wardrobe.
With regard to the International Fleet Review being held from February 4 to 8 in Visakhapatnam, Modi said naval assets several countries across the world will participate in the event being hosted by India. He said the event is of major significance and importance in the maritime history. While talking about the upcoming board examinations, Modi asked the students to appear without tension or anxiety. He asked the successful students of last year to send their examples to him so that he could publicise them and the students appearing now could learn how to appear without tension. He said people can listen to the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ episodes again by giving a missed call to the number 8190881908.