Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 30th edition of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ on Sunday morning.
He urged people to continue their fight against black money and graft and take it to the “next level”.
“My dear countrymen, we must take our fight against black money and corruption to the next level. …. We should contribute towards ensuring reducing the use of cash, of currency notes,” the Prime Minister said.
He went on speak about building a ‘New India’, which he said can be achieved when 125 crore Indians take a pledge and unitedly work towards it.
Talking about “New India”, he said it is “not a government scheme or political party’s programme.
“In essence, every citizen must discharge his civic duties and responsibilities. This in itself would be a good beginning to the New India.”
The Prime Minister said if 125 crore Indians take a pledge and work unitedly towards making a “New India”, then it is possible to realise this dream of countrymen.
He urged people to use digital money and pay for their daily needs in the same way.
“You can’t imagine how you can serve the country in this way and become a brave soldier in the fight against black money and corruption,” he explained.
PM Modi also expressed gratitude to the people for adopting the ‘Digidhan’ movement.
“There has also been an increase in curiosity about cashless transactions. The poorest of the poor are making attempts to learn, and people are gradually moving towards doing business without cash. There has been a surge in various modes of digital payment after demonetisation,” he said, adding that the BHIM App, launched about two and a half months ago, has already been downloaded by one and half crore people.
In his address, the Prime Minister also greeted the people of Bangladesh on their independence day.
“I hope that Bangladesh marches ahead on the path of progress. I also assure the citizens of Bangladesh that India is a strong partner, and a good friend, and we will continue to work together shoulder to shoulder to contribute towards the peace, security and development of this entire region,” he said.
PM Modi spoke about the recently passed bill in the Parliament that gives working women maternity leave of 26 weeks, instead of the earlier 12 weeks, for their pregnancy and delivery.
“There are now only two or three countries in the world that are ahead of us in this matter. India has taken a very important decision for these working women sisters of ours. The basic aim is to ensure proper care of the newborn, the future citizen of India, from the time of birth. The newborn should get the complete love and attention of the mother,” said PM Modi.
He also talked about his favourite “Swachch Bharat” drive, calling for cleanliness and also warned against wasting food.
Talking about the importance of Yoga, the Prime Minister called upon Indians to make the 3rd International Day of Yoga memorable by involving more and more people.
(With inputs from PTI)