Modi highlights vaccination milestone during 82nd Mann Ki Baat broadcast

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ahead of his birth anniversary next Sunday. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people of the country to associate themselves with an activity that conveys the message of national unity, during the 82nd edition of Mann Ki Baat on Sunday. (File photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people of the country to associate themselves with an activity that conveys the message of national unity, during the 82nd edition of Mann Ki Baat on Sunday. (File photo)
Published on Oct 24, 2021 12:05 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Prime Minister Narenrda Modi on Sunday addressed the people of the country during the 82nd edition of his monthly radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat.

Even though Mann Ki Baat is broadcast on the last Sunday of every month, October saw a break in the tradition when Modi decided to broadcast a week earlier.

Addressing the listeners, Modi hailed the people of the country for achieving 100 crore vaccinations against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Thursday, nine months after India launched it inoculation drive against the deadly virus.

“Today, after 100 crore Covid-19 vaccinations, the country is moving ahead with new energy. The success of our vaccination programme shows the capability of India to the world,” Modi said during the broadcast.

“I am well aware of the capabilities of my country, the people of my country. I knew that our healthcare workers would leave no stone unturned to vaccinate countrymen,” Modi said.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi mentioned the effort of a healthcare worker from Uttarakhand's Bageshwar, Poonam Nautiyal, in strengthening the Covid-19 vaccination drive. The Prime Minister also interacted with her about her work during the broadcast.

Modi highlighted that the hilly region of Bageshwar achieved 100% vaccination with the help of heathcare workers like Nautiyal and her team.

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel whose birth anniversary in on October 31. India celebrates Patel's birth anniversary as the National Unity Day.

“Next Sunday, October 31, is the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. On behalf of every listener of 'Mann Ki Baat', and on my behalf, I bow to the Iron Man,” Modi said, adding, “It is our duty that we must associate ourselves with some activity that conveys the message of national unity.”

Quoting Patel, the Prime Minister said, “Sardar Patel used to say ‘We can take our country to loftier heights only through our united efforts. If we don’t have unity amongst ourselves, we will get entangled in ever new calamities’.”

Modi urged the people of the country to keep Patel's thoughts alive by bringing unity in the society. 

The Prime Minister also praised the induction of growing number of women in central security forces across the country. “When we visit airports, metro stations or see government offices, brave women of CISF are seen guarding every sensitive place. The most positive effect of this is on the morale of our police force as well as society,” Modi said. 

Citing statistics from the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Modi said the strength of women joining the police force has more than doubled including that of security forces, from 1.05 lakh in 2014 to 2.15 lakh by 2020. “Today, Indian women have shown their calibre across all sector,” he added.

The Prime Minister then recalled India's efforts towards world peacer and global wellness while highlighting the country's contributions to the UN Peacekeeping Forces. 

“India has always strove for world peace. We are proud of the fact that India has been a part of UN peacekeeping missions continuously since the 50s,” Modi said, before broadcasting an excerpt from former Prime Minister Atal Nihari Vajpayee's Hindi speech at the UN in 1977.

Modi also narrated the landmark move by India's delegates to the UN, Hansa Jivraj Mehta and Lakshmi Menon, towards gender equality while the Universal Declaration of UN Human Rights was being drafted. 

Born in 1897, Hansa Jivraj Mehta was a reformist, social activist, writer and feminist who had also represented India on the nuclear sub-committee on the status of women in 1946.

“India had signed the Charter of the United Nations in 1945 prior to Independence. A unique feature related to the United Nations is that the woman power of India has played a large role in increasing the influence and strength of the United Nations,” Modi said, and refreshed the memory of the listeners that Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit became the first woman President of the UN General Assembly in 1953.

Modi also mentioned about India's revised drone policy during the broadcast and urged the youth of the country to make use of the new rules.

"India is one of the first countries in the world, which is preparing digital records of land in its villages with the help of drones. Along with infrastructure, we are now utilising this technology for agriculture and Covid-19 vaccination supply," Modi said.

“We are working extensively on using drones for transportation. Whether for farming in the village, delivery of goods at home, delivering assistance during an emergency or monitoring law and order, soon we will deploy drones for all these need,” the Prime Minister added.


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