In his 34th radio address to the nation, PM Modi talks about the monsoon, India’s festivals, Independence Day and Women’s Cricket.
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Here are the highlights of the Mann Ki Baat podcast:
ON MONSOON HE SAID:
“Monsoon is enjoyable but this season also leads to floods. We are doing everything to help in relief and rehabilitation. A 24×7 control room helpline number 1078 is functioning continuously to deal with the flood situation. Rescue operations are being conducted by the Army, Air Force, NDRF, Paramiltary Forces, Government and NGOs. State governments too are making maximum possible efforts on their part to provide relief to the flood affected people.”
ON GST HE SAID:
“Like always, I seek ideas and suggestions from people. This time, I have got lot of calls and letters on GST.
It has been one month since GST was implemented and its benefits can be seen already. GST has transformed the economy.
I feel very happy when a poor person writes to say how because of GST prices of various items essential for him have come down. The Goods and Services Tax has truly transformed the economy. GST is Good and Simple Tax. Its positive impact on our economy in a short span can be a case study for economists worldwide. It is also an example of cooperative federalism. All decisions taken by both Centre & States. The Goods and Services Tax is more than just a tax reform! It ushers in a new culture.”
He also spoke about the GST app that helps people know the prices of products post GST implementation. He also said that pollution levels have come down due to the increased speed of trucks.
ON INDIAN INDEPENDENCE HE SAID:
He spoke about the Indian Independence movements including the Quit India and August Kranti movements and paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi. He also said that the government has launched the Quit India Quiz App so that the youngsters know the history of the country better.
He said that the slogan ‘Quit India’ was coined by Dr. Yusuf Meher Ali.
He said that in 2022 India will celebrate its 75th Independence Day and India will celebrate ‘Sankalp Parv’ on August 15, 2017.
ON FESTIVALS HE SAID:
“Our festivals also bring economic opportunities for the poor. Festivals are directly connected with the upliftment of the poor. It drives their economic activities. Festivals light the lamp of prosperity in the homes of the poor. In this day and age, expectations are raised so much. And then, if our team can’t win some people don’t even respect basic decencies.”
ON WOMEN’S CRICKET:
He said that he met the Indian Women’s Cricket Team and felt that they were disappointed as they lost in the finals. He said that they had lost the title but won the hearts of the people.