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From Start Up India to Divyaang: PM Modi’s last Maan Ki Baat of 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the action plan for ‘Start Up India, Stand Up India’ -- his government’s campaign to boost entrepreneurship -- will be unveiled on January 16

india Updated: Dec 27, 2015 13:46 IST
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File photo of PM Narendra Modi during an election rally. In the last edition of 2015’s Mann Ki Baat radio programme, the PM said the action plan of ‘Start Up India’ campaign will be unveiled in January 2016. (Reuters )

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the action plan for ‘Start Up India, Stand Up India’ -- his government’s campaign to boost entrepreneurship -- will be announced on January 16.

In his address to the nation in the 15th edition of the radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi said the campaign will connect all students from IITs, IIMs, NITs and central universities.

“How it (the campaign) will be implemented, what all will be done, why it’s being done-- we will provide a complete action plan,” Modi said.

He said the initiative to facilitate start-ups, announced first in his Independence Day speech this year, will bring big opportunities for youngsters

“Youngsters in every part of the country are very talented. They only need opportunities, “ Modi said in his address.

Speaking on the Swachh Bharat campaign, Modi said there was a need to pay attention to cleanliness at tourist spots across the country

“Greater the cleanliness of our tourist destinations, brighter will be the image of India across the world,” Modi said mentioning a letter written by a respondent from Pune.

He also thanked the media for highlighting positive stories about cleanliness from different parts of the country.

The prime minister also talked about the initiatives being taken by the government for the disabled people in terms of accessibility etc. He coined a new term for them -- ‘Divyang’ (people with extraordinary capabilities) instead of ‘viklang’ (handicapped) -- saying most of the times it has been seen that such people have capabilities which even normal people do not have.

He mentioned that the ‘National Youth Festival’ with the theme ‘Indian youth on development skill and harmony’ will be held in Raipur from January 12 to 16, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

The Prime Minister, whose radio address came two days after Christmas, greeted the countrymen on the festival as he hailed the country’s diversity, saying because of this the nation gets to celebrate festivals one after another.

“India is full of diversity. There are hosts of festivals. Even before one festival ends, another comes... Sometimes, it looks like that India is a ‘festival-driven economy’. They become the reason for economic activity for the poor people,” he said.

He also greeted the country on the upcoming new year, wishing that it brings to the countrymen happiness, new hope, new enthusiasm and new resolve to touch greater heights.

Referring to the direct benefit scheme for LPG subsidy, Modi said 15 crore people are benefitting from it and that the scheme ‘Pehal’ has made it to the Guiness Book of World Records.

The Prime Minister also noted that Parliament recently had a good debate on the Constitution to mark the birth anniversary of its architect B R Ambedkar.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Dec 27, 2015 12:42 IST