Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 27 requested the countrymen to refer the physically challenged as Divyaang (of godly parts) instead of ‘Viklaang’ (handicapped).
Speaking at his monthly Mann ki Baat radio session, PM Modi said:
“God gives an ‘extra power’ to the physically challenged… To us, they may seem at a disadvantage, but they have a special talent within.”
This was the 15th edition of PM Modi’s radio address and the final one for the year 2015.
Besides making the above request, the prime minister also spoke of the progress in his two key initiatives – Clean India and the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme.
Referring to his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, PM Modi said:
“Lately, there have been lots of news reports concerning the Swachhta Abhiyan. I read something recently. In a village in MP, an old mason got something done which piqued the newspaper’s interest. He worked without pay and built over 100 toilets.”
The prime minister also spoke about the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme which sends a person’s LPG subsidy directly to the his/her account and how it has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.
He then went on to add that “around Rs 40,000 crore have been deposited in bank accounts of beneficiaries directly” under this scheme.
Here is the full audio of what PM Modi said at this month’s Mann Ki Baat programme: