Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that people’s power is of great significance in a democracy. “Various departments of the government analyzed the proposals given by the people,” he said while addressing the nation in the 12th edition of ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme.
“One of the fundamental principles of governance is that information must follow from bottom to top and guidance must follow from top to bottom,” he added.
PM Modi also said that he was glad that around 30 lakh people gave up their gas subsidy in his ‘Give It Up’ campaign and termed it as a ‘silent revolution’.
“Thirty lakh people have given up their gas subsidy and these are not rich people who are doing this. Isn’t this a silent revolution?” said PM Modi.
During the 30-minute programme, he recalled that in May he had met some family members of Subhash Chandra Bose during a visit to Kolkata.
“I got an opportunity to spend some time with them. That day it was decided that the extended family of Subhash babu will visit the Prime Minister’s residence…. Last week, I got confirmation that over 50 members of Subhash babu are coming to visit the Prime Minister’s residence,” PM Modi said.
While making the reference to Bose, the Prime Minister made no mention of the issue of declassification of secret files related to the freedom fighter.
After West Bengal government declassified 64 such files a few days back, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and some others have demanded that the central government also should declassify the files that are with the PMO and Home Ministry.
On the 12th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, PM Modi spoke about a number of issues, including those he had highlighted during the previous episodes like giving up of LPG subsidy, Swacch Bharat campaign, promotion of khadi besides pushing for greater voter participation and paying tributes to soldiers on the 50th anniversary of 1965 India-Pak war.
In the programme, suggestions and questions from various callers, including that by a child, were also aired.
To a suggestion on greater enrolment of youth as voters, the Prime Minister emphasised that it was essential for everybody to register as voters. He also pitched for raising the voting percentage by exhorting more and more people to exercise their franchise.
He also patted the Election Commission for making efforts to create awareness among the voters about their rights.
“Earlier, the Election Commission used to be just a regulator. But over the last few years, the Election Commission has been instrumental in bringing about a change in the mindset of voters. It is now not only a regulator but also a facilitator,” he said.
He also hailed radio, saying it is a great medium for communication which he had been using over the last one year to reach out to people through ‘Mann Ki Baat’ (straight from the heart), which he said had become ‘Aap Ki Baat (your talk)’.
In this context, he mentioned that the great freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose had set up radio in Germany and he would communicate through it in various languages.
Talking about the upcoming Gandhi Jayanti, Modi again exhorted people to buy at least one Khadi clothing and a handloom product as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and to encourage the industry.
Talking about his experience of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on completion of its one year, he said his confidence on people had turned into conviction.
He said when he decided to have a new experiment of getting phone in calls from people with suggestions in this episode, 55,000 calls were received from all over the country out of which only a few were selected for airing.