PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’: From women fighter pilots to declaration of undisclosed income- 7 things he highlighted

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Updated: June 27, 2016 12:33:49 PM

PM Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat radio address today spoke on a wide array of topics, from ISRO's satellite launch and International Yoga Day to induction of women fighter pilots and the 'Rate My Government' initiative.

PM Modi also spoke of his government's initiative to allow people to declare undisclosed income and appreciated efforts of people contributing towards various government schemes. (Reuters)PM Modi also spoke of his government’s initiative to allow people to declare undisclosed income and appreciated efforts of people contributing towards various government schemes. (Reuters)

PM Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat radio address today spoke on a wide array of topics, from ISRO’s satellite launch and International Yoga Day to induction of women fighter pilots and the ‘Rate My Government’ initiative.

PM Modi also spoke of his government’s initiative to allow people to declare undisclosed income and appreciated efforts of people contributing towards various government schemes.

We take a look at seven key things PM Modi said in his Mann ki Baat:

1) For the last few weeks we have got positive news about rainfall in various parts of the nation. Like our farmers our scientists are working very hard and making our nation very proud.

Yesterday, I was in Pune where I met college students who made one of the satellites that was launched a few days ago by ISRO. This satellite signifies the skills and aspirations of the youth of India. Similarly, a satellite made by the students of Chennai was launched by ISRO. (Sathyabamasat and Swayam – two satellites made by Sathyabama University, Chennai and College of Engineering, Pune respectively were launched by ISRO on June 22.)

On June 22, ISRO launched 20 satellites in one go, breaking its own previous records. Of these 20, satellites, 17 were foreign, and that is a big achievement for ISRO. I congratulate ISRO’s scientists.

2) ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ has touched so many lives. The results of the various examinations, 10th and 12th, show how women are excelling. Adding to this good news, on June 18 for the first time three women fighter pilots were inducted into the Indian Air Force. All three, Avni Chaturvedi, Bhavna Kanth, Mohana, are not from metro, they are not even from the capitals of their states. They are from small towns and they dreamt for the skies and achieved their target. I congratulate them and their families.

3) The world marked International Yoga Day on June 21 in a big way. So many people practiced Yoga, all over India and all over the world. You would have seen postage stamps related to Yoga being released. You would have also seen Twitter joining Yoga Day celebrations through a special emoji.

We need to think about how Yoga can mitigate diabetes. Use the hash tag #YogaFightsDiabetes and please share your experiences on how Yoga can help mitigate diabetes.

4) Very often Mann Ki Baat is criticised, but programme is possible because we are in a democracy. Do you remember 25-26 June 1975? Emergency was declared back then. Democracy is our strength and we will have to always make our democratic fabric stronger. ‘Jan Bhagidari’ is essential in a democracy.

Highlighting his government’s ‘Rate my Government’ initiative on MyGov.in, PM said, there was a day when voice of people was trampled over but now, the people of India express their views how the government is doing.

5) We have said that September 30 is the last chance for anyone to declare undisclosed income. I have promised that those who declare undisclosed income will not be asked questions. I would like to add today that September 30 is their last chance. I don’t want to cause any inconvenience to the people of India, so I urge those who have undisclosed income, to come forward and declare it.

I have made it clear to officials that we should treat our citizens with trust and respect, not as thieves. We must encourage people to comply & we should create an atmosphere of trust – this is what I have told tax officials.

Government must give one last opportunity before taking stern measures. This is a golden opportunity to declare undeclared assets by September 30, Pm reiterated.

6) Yesterday I met Chandrakant Kulkarni. The reason why I wanted to meet him is that he earns Rs 16,000 a month, but has donated Rs 5,000 per month from his salary towards Swachh Bharat. He has sent 52 post dated cheques for this cause. A retired government employee giving almost a third of his pension for a Swachh Bharat. What can be a greater inspiration.

7) Water is the basis of life. We must do everything to save water. Surface water, where ever it falls, should be saved. We must show as much concern to save water as we would to save a life.

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