PM Modi Dedicates First ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Of 2016 To Martyrs

Addressing the nation for the first time in 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 31, held the 16th edition of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat.’


PM Modi, started the programme by dedicating this month’s address to the martyrs of the country.

He also spoke about khadi, the South Asian Games, Start Up India and the farmer crisis among other issues.


He said:

“The program is a tribute to the martyrs of the year. We observed silence yesterday as a mark of respect towards our brave martyrs. If the entire nation observes silence every 30th January at 11 am, you can imagine the energy that single moment will generate.”

He then went on to talk about the Indian Navy and the International Fleet Review that India would be hosting in Vizag next month.


He said the world would be coming to India to be a part of the event and that it would be a great opportunity for India.

“The world, as a our guest, will be coming here and our Indian Navy is preparing to host the event. Warships, naval ships from many countries will arrive at Visakhapatnam between February 4 and 8, to take part in the International Fleet Review India. Is a joint exercise. Is a great opportunity.”

PM Modi also spoke about the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Yojana and the Startup India movement which is growing across the country.

He said that from now onwards he would make it a point to talk about ‘Startup India’ during his monthly radio address.



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He also said that startups were not only about the IT sector, but rather endless opportunities that were available for the startups. Representational Image

He also went on to talk about ‘Khadi’ and how it had now become a symbol and a distinct identity in itself.


He also added that Khadi has become a centre of attraction for the youth of the nation and how it has the power to provide employment to crores of people across the nation.

He said the government has take some initiatives to boost Khadi’s production and to fulfil its demand, additional jobs of 18 lakh days would be generated.


With regard to ‘Swacch Bharat Abiyaan’, he said that cleanliness is now being associated with beauty and India’s Railway stations were being cleaned so they will soon be a reflection of Indian tradition.

He also urged the listeners to actively participate in the ‘ Clean The Statue’ initiative and send the pictures of the statues that they have cleaned to MyGov portal online.


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REUTERS/Jayanta Dey  Students clean a statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

He also thanked the people that have taken part in the drive and said that he was happy with the fact that thousands of people had come forward. To further encouraged the people, he added: “The people of the world are watching us.”

Not forgetting the farmers across the country, PM Modi spoke about the ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’ and said that the government had prioritised assisting the farmers at every level.



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From cultivating to harvesting the crops, the government would help the farmers in every way and urged the citizens to do the same by publicising the policy among the farmers.

For sports, he spoke about the SAARC Sports Festival that will take place in Guwahati next month and said he himself would be present there.

“I will also be present at East India’s Guwahati Sports Festival, SAARC Sports Festival. Thousands of athletes from SAARC countries will gather at Guwahati. This in itself is a good opportunity to belong with SAARC.”

PM Modi also said that efforts were being made to make ‘Mann Ki Baat’ available on mobile phones at any time. One would just have to give a missed call to- 8190881908 and he/she would be able to listen to the show on his cell phone.

Further, efforts were also being made so that the radio address is available in regional languages as well.

Here is what PM said in his address:



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