Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi bats for removing VIP culture

Narendra Modi Mann ki Baat | 'New India is not about VIP but EPI- every person is important,' says PM Modi
Mike Hodges | 04 May, 2017, 05:23

He said, every person has his or her own importance and every person possesses a sagacious aura, in a unique manner. And when I'm saying EPI in place of VIP, the essence of my sentiment is clear, he said while addressing people on the 31st address on All India Radio on "Mann ki Baat" programme. "Generally speaking, in our country there exists an atmosphere of disdain towards the VIP culture. Removing the red beacon is just part of the system but we need to make conscious efforts to weed out this culture from our minds", Modi said.

The Indian government's ban on red beacons atop vehicles of ministers and top officials came into effect on Monday. PM Modi's words seem to have really impacted people as many have tweeted about either already following the practice or beginning it in their homes after his words.

125 crore citizens of the country, imagine the big strength that the country will have in fulfilling the grand dreams.

"Although the "lal batti" is gone now, nobody can claim that because of this, the VIP culture which has gone into the mindset would have also gone".

Seven out of 8 SAARC countries are a part of the project which Pakistan refused to join as it did not want the "gift" from India. "If we collectively strive to do it with eternal vigilance, it surely can be flushed out", he said. "On 5 May, India will launch the South Asia Satellite. Use the BHIM app and refer it to others and earn money for referrals", Modi said, referring to the government's e-wallet app.

Describing it as a "priceless gift" from India, he said the project is a significant step towards promoting cooperation with the entire South Asia. "You must try new places, new experiences and new skills", he said.

Modi said he will be paying tributes to Lord Buddha in Sri Lanka on the occasion of UN Vesak Day - that celebrates the birth of Gautam Buddha.

On his 30th address of "Mann Ki Baat" after BJP's landslide victory in UP. While referring to students who are now on vacations, Modi urged them to utilise the free time to explore new places to quench their curiosity, gain new experiences and improve their skills sets.

Observing that climate change was no more confined to the academic world, Modi said "nature has changed the rules of the game".

"The heat we used to experience in May-June is being felt in March-April this year".

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