Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the notion that start-ups are only related to IT has been broken by the Startup India programme.
Delivering his “Mann Ki Baat” radio address, Modi said Information Technology was only a small part of start-ups.
“It is the common thought that start-up means a sophisticated business related to IT. This illusion has been broken after this event on start up,” Modi said, referring to ‘Start-Up India’.
Mentioning some non-IT start-ups, the prime minister referred to two IIM graduates in Sikkim who were selling herbal and organic products along with others.
The ‘Startup India Action Plan’ was unveiled by Modi at an event on January 16 and provides a three-year tax holiday.
Modi also lauded efforts by citizens across the country to beautify railway stations.
“I am seeing that these days, at several railway stations, local citizens, artists and students are beautifying their railway stations.
“This is neither a railway initiative nor a Narendra Modi initiative… It is an initiative of the citizens,” he said, and urged people to send pictures of beautified railway stations.
He also talked about upcoming school board exams, and urged students to share their lessons learnt from family, teachers and seniors on dealing with exam related stress.