In his monthly programme Mann ki Baat on the All India Radio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that from January 1 next year, there will be no requirement of interview for Group D,C and B non-gazatted posts in central government. The PM said that it was a part of efforts to put an end to the menace of corruption in jobs.
“The government has completed the entire process to do away with interviews for lower rank jobs. There will be no requirement of interview for Group D,C and B non-gazatted posts in central government. It will come into effect from January 1, 2016,” PM Modi said.
Against the backdrop of incidents of violence with communal and casteist overtones, Prime Minister Modi also affirmed that diversity of religions and castes is the beauty of India and that the ‘mantra’ of unity should be carried forward through thinking and expressions.
Invoking Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel ahead of his birth anniversary, he strongly batted for ‘unity in diversity’ while asserting that peace, harmony and unity are the key to progress.
“The mantra of unity should always be the medium of our thinking, our behaviour and expression,” PM Modi said.
“India is full of diversity. It has different sects, different religions, different languages and different castes. There are so many diversities in our India and this diversity is our beauty,” he added.
During the half-an-hour programme, the PM shared his views on subjects ranging from organ donation, response to the Swacch Bharat initiatives, upcoming India-Africa foreign summit and gold monetisation policy to be announced soon.
Talking about the Gold Monetisation Scheme, the PM urged the people to deposit their gold with banks and use a dead asset to earn interest.
“We have come up with ‘Gold Monetisation Scheme’’. Under this scheme you can deposit your gold in bank,” he said noting that gold could become India’s economic asset.
“In India, gold has become like a part of our social life. But, keeping gold as dead money is not a smart way in current times,”PM Modi opined.
The Government would be coming out with a gold ”Ashok Chakra” coin weighing 5 grams and 10 grams on the festival of ‘Dhanteras’, he announced.
PM Modi also invoked BR Ambedkar in his address, saying he was feeling excited about his upcoming visit to the UK where he will visit the ‘Ambedkar House’, where the architect of the Constitution lived. The property was recently acquired by India from the British government.
“A day after Diwali, I am going to Britain. This time, I am excited about my visit to Britain and the reason for it is special. A few weeks back, I had gone to Mumbai to lay foundation stone for a big memorial for Ambedkar… Now, in London, I will formally inaugurate the house where Dr Baba Sahab Ambedkar lived, which recently became Indian government’s property and a place of inspiration for 125 crore Indians,” he said.
Asserting that organ donation is an important issue, PM Modi praised Tamil Nadu for their leading endeavours in this regard while praising the other states for their initiatives towards the cause.
“Some girls from Kerala asked me to talk about organ donation. Organ donation is an important issue. The need for kidneys, heart and livers is high but less number of transplants happen,” he said.
Ahead of the India-Africa Forum Summit, PM Modi proudly said it is for the first time that an event of such significance is taking place in India and said it assumes importance considering the historic linkages between the two sides.
“From Oct 26 to 29, India Africa Forum Summit is being held here. On Indian soil, it is for the first that an event of such a big scale is being held. Leaders of 54 African countries and Unions have been invited. Outside Africa, this is the biggest convention” Modi said in the Sunday morning address.