Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed his Mann ki Baat radio programme, first for the year 2018 on Sunday. He said the selection process for picking Padma award winners has been transformed under his government, asserting that more significance has now been given to the nominee’s work than name.
On another of his government’s initiative, the Prime Minister said Mission Clean river is a wonderful initiative, where people came together to clean the river.
In his monthly and this year’s first ‘Mann ki Baat’ address, Modi highlighted works of some winners whose names were announced on the eve of Republic Day, and said common people, who are not living in big cities and not seen in newspapers and TV, have received it.
In the last three years, he said, the selection process has been made online, which has led to transparency and anybody can now nominate people for the honours.
Modi also spoke at length about the issue of women empowerment and said women are now moving ahead in all fields.
The performance of an all-woman BSF team during the Republic Day parade surprised guests, he said.
He also praised the “human chain” formed in Bihar against social evils against dowry and child marriage and said flexibility and continuous efforts for self-correction are a hallmark of society.
With Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary falling on January 30, he said no tribute to him can be bigger than following the path shown by him.
(With inputs from PTI)