As a part of his monthly radio broadcast of “Mann Ki Baat” Prime Minister highlighted the need for women empowerment in all walks of life. In his routine radio address to the nation the Prime Minister spoke of an India that envisages women who are strong and integral partners of India’s development. He stressed on building a nation where women got equal opportunities in all the decision making areas and participate in all the social and financial issues. He underscored the inner fortitude and confidence of a woman which made her self-reliant.
Moreover, it’s our “fundamental duty” to ensure the participation of women in all walks of life. Quoting the great philospher and mystic Swami Vivekananda Modi said, “idea of perfect womanhood is perfect independence.
He went on to say that it’s a woman’s inner ability to overcome her obstacles that make her self-reliant. Today the women of the country have accomplished greater heights. Not only has advanced herself but she has also driven the nation towards women-led development, Modi said.
Modi enthused his audience when he said that we belong to a nation bestowed with the rich vedic traditions of women who were the pillars of the society, to speak of Gandhari-putra, Kaushalya -nandan and Yashoda-nandan, who set examples of womanhood. Observing the International Woman’s day on March 8th encouraged the nation to initiate new steps towards women’s development.
In continuation of his speech Modi mentioned that it was the urgent need for India to address its safety standards. Ahead of the Safety Day on March 4th, Modi said, “If we are not aware of safety in our daily life, if we are not able to attain a certain level, it will get extremely difficult during the time of disasters,” he said.
He said that people come across messages and placards displaying safety measures in factories and streets which are rarely followed.” If we stay alert and follow the prescribed safety standards then we can save the society from fatal disasters” Prime minister said.
He also urged the concerned municipalities and corporations who possess fire brigades to conduct fire drills in schools, residential areas, offices and factories to evade occupational hazards.
He lauded the contribution of NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) in curbing the outburst of heat waves during summers by organizing workshops on heat wave management to spread awareness among people.
“The death toll due to heat wave in 2017 slumped to 200 which means if we place safety first then we can achieve it.”
Prime Minister also took the opportunity to talk about the Swachh Bharat campaign and launching of the Gobar Dhan scheme which translates for Galvanising Organic Bio Agro Resources to convert cow dung and agricultural remains into compost and clean, energy efficient biogas.
In this respect newer jobs will also be created in connection with waste collection, transportation and biogas sales.
On the eve of National Science Day, 28th February, Modi also hailed the idea of “relentless quest” for scientific discoveries which was the key to all inventions. It’s the pursuit of “why”, “what” and “how” that makes science miraculous, he said.
He also mentioned that modern technologies like AI (Artificial Intelligence) must cater to the needs and welfare of the poor and the underprivileged class. He said that Artificial Intelligence should enable mankind to forecast natural calamities, enhance application of medical resources and help farmers with crop returns.
He stressed that India has also taken initiative to conduct joint military exercise with BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Mulit-Sectoral Technical And Economic Cooperation) nations like Bangladesh, Srilanka, India, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal to upgrade disaster management in various sectors.
To mark the end of his speech Prime Minister also extended his heartiest Holi felicitations to the nation and hoped the nation would scale new horizons during this festival of colors.