Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 15th edition of Mann Ki Baat, aired on Sunday, remained in line with the NDA government's campaigns such as Swachch Bharat and Start Up India-Stand Up India, a project that will be launched on January 16. Although a large number of questions sent to mygov.in, a discussion forum floated by the government, revolved around the PM's recent visit to Pakistan, Modi did not bring up the topic.
Among the few ideas that the PM picked up from the inputs received from the masses was one on keeping places of tourist interest clean through the Swachch Bharat project. “As you know, I use technology a lot. And I do keep an eye on mygov.in…. I agree Swachh Bharat should be a focus area, especially in tourist destinations.'' To continue the initiative, Modi wants people of this country to clean up statues of national leaders across the country on January 26.
While pointing out the action plan for Start-Up India, Stand-Up India, a scheme that he announced on August 15, will be unveiled on January 16, the PM said IITs and other universities will be connected live for the event. Modi wants India to be the start-up capital of the world.
Asking people to connect with him through the Narendra Modi app and via mygov.in, the PM sought citizens' views on anything from Swachh Bharat to inspirational examples of charity and bravery; ideas for the national youth festival at Raipur on Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary to thoughts on duty and responsibility. ''Why should we not discuss duties and responsibilities in schools and colleges and other places on the Republic Day?''
Focusing on the issue of ''disability'', the PM has urged the nation to use ''Divyaang'' instead of ''viklaang'' for the challenged. The government on its part would work on strengthening the physical and virtual infrastructure for such people.
Stating that government schemes should have soul and not remain in files, Modi said India's direct transfer of subsidies has made it to the Guinness Book of Records. Around Rs 40,000 crore has been given out under 35 to 40 direct benefit schemes, he said.