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PM Modi addresses nation on 87th episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ | Key highlights

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his 87th episode of monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday, said India is taking massive steps towards economic progress.

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He opened his address by congratulating the people of India for a “momentous feat”. Here are the key highlights of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’:

-‘India achieves target of $400 billion exports’

-The Prime Minister stressed on the need for exporting India’s products to newer markets and different corners of the world.

-He said there was a time when the figure of exports from India used to be 100 billion, at times 150 billion, sometimes 200 billion, adding that “India has achieved the target of 400 billion dollar exports that “signifies India’s capabilities and potential”. “It means that the demand for Indian goods is rising across the world,” he added.

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-Small entrepreneurs playing a major role in govt procurement

-PM Modi, on the radio programme, also applauded farmers, youngsters and MSMEs.

-Success of small entrepreneurs is a thing of pride, PM Modi said on Sunday. “Today our small entrepreneurs are playing a major partnership role in government procurement through Government e-Market place – GeM. A much transparent system has been developed with the help technology,” he said.

-‘Let’s make local ‘global’, augment prestige of Indian products’

-When each and every Indian is vocal for local, it does not take long for the local to become global, the Prime Minister said in his address. “Let’s make the local ‘global’ and augment the prestige of our products further,” he added.

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-The list of ‘Make in India’ products is as huge as the potential and hardwork of our farmers, manufactures and industry, PM Modi also said. “It is only due to their hard work that the goal of exporting to the tune of USD 400 billion has been achieved and I am happy that this power of the people of India is now reaching new markets in every nook and corner of the world,” he said.

-“When each and every Indian is vocal for local, it does not take long for the local to become global. Let’s make the local ‘global’ and augment the prestige of our products further,” he added.

-“Many fruits and vegetables like Ladakh’s apricot, Tamil Nadu’s bananas, Himachal’s millets are reaching the world. The list of ‘Make in India’ products are as huge as our potential and hard work of our farmers, manufacturers and industry,” said PM Modi.

-“Right from Bijapur’s fruits and vegetables to the black rice from Chandoli we are seeing exponential exports. The best part is that our exports are being supplied to new destinations like Denmark, South Korea, London, Kenya among other nations,” he said.

-PM Modi lauds efforts of Phule, Baba Shivanand

-Mahatma Phule and Savirtirbai Phule raised their voices for social issues, like female education and female foeticide. We’ve begun ‘Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav’ to bring back girls to school who could not complete their education, PM Modi said.

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-PM Modi also hailed 126-year-old Padma awardee Baba Sivanand for agility and termed his passion for Yoga and dedication for a healthy lifestyle inspirational. Referring to Baba Sivanand’s heartwarming gesture at the Padma Awards ceremony, the Prime Minister said that everyone must have observed Baba Sivanand in the recently held Padma Awards ceremony.

Notably, ‘Mann ki Baat’ is the Prime Minister’s monthly radio address, which is broadcast on the last Sunday of every month at 11am. The first episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ was aired on October 3, 2014.

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