Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Several leaders, common people tune in for 100th episode of ‘Mann ki Baat’

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Sunday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio broadcast a “unique and historic” programme connecting hearts and minds of people as he tuned in for its 100th episode.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also listened to the 100th episode of the programme at an event held in Panchkula and hailed the broadcast for embracing the concept of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ (one India, great India). Addressing people after the broadcast, he said, “Making the best use of technology, Modi has united the countrymen by addressing the citizens of the entire country from one place. He has also given a new direction to the people.”
Khattar said since October 3, 2014, the prime minister has been addressing the citizens on national issues through Mann Ki Baat.
“When this programme started, no one imagined that it would become so popular,” he said.
Purohit, who listened to the radio broadcast at the Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh, said the programme connects the hearts and minds of people and is successfully promoting unity and hope among its audience.
“It is a source of inspiration to many and has brought about an awakening in the country. It resonates with people as it is about their concerns,” he noted.
The initiative highlights government and citizen action in priority areas and in turn encourages listeners to establish or participate in change-making initiatives in their own communities, with an aim to have a lasting and sustainable impact on the lives of the people and the country, the Governor said.
He added that not just India, the entire world is taking cognizance of the programme.
Khattar said it is a matter of pride that two people from Haryana got special mention in Modi’s Mann Ki Baat on Sunday.
Notably, the prime minister talked about Sunil Jaglan, the man behind the ‘Selfie with Daughter’ initiative launched about eight years ago from a small village in Haryana’s Jind to raise awareness about female foeticide. He also mentioned about Pradeep Sangwan, who has been on on a mission to clear the Himalayas of waste left behind by tourists.
The chief minister also thanked Modi for talking about the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, a cleanliness drive started by youth of Dulheri village in Bhiwani district of Haryana, among others.
He added that more than 10 lakh people listened to Mann ki Baat across the northern state on Sunday.
Himachal Pradesh Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla also listened to the 100th episode of the radio broadcast and said it was a programme of social dialogue with an objective to create impact resulting in positive change in the society.
A special screening was organised at the Raj Bhavan in Shimla for listening to the programme.
Padma Shri awardees Vidyanand Saraik and Nek Ram Sharma, winners of various awards at the national level and people from the state who were mentioned by the prime minister in Mann Ki Baat in different episodes were also present on the occasion.
Equating the programme with epics like ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Ramayana’, former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said it has brought positive changes in the lives of several people.


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