Mann ki Baat: PM Honours Sikh Gurus, Stresses on ‘Vocal for Local’

He said India must adopt a “zero effect, zero defect” policy when manufacturing local products.

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Emphasising on 'vocal for local' to make India aatmanirbhar (self-reliant), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, 27 December, gave a clarion call to adopt "zero effect, zero defect" policy when manufacturing made-in-India products and ensure "world class" quality.

Drawing on suggestions for the year’s last Mann ki Baat address, PM Modi said the common thread across all messages was how everyone was truly appreciative of India. “In a message from Abhishek from Mumbai, he said what 2020 showed and taught us is unimaginable. In these letters and messages, the common link I can see is how everyone truly appreciates India,” he said in the 72nd edition of his radio address.

Fetching the topic of atmanirbharta, PM Modi said, “There have been many challenges and problems due to COVID-19, which resulted in several issues in the supply chain. But we learnt from these predicaments and learnt to become self-reliant.”

PM Modi also said that in just one year attitudes have changed as more people are preferring to buy local products. He said while focussing on made-in-India products, the manufacturers should not compromise on the quality of materials produced by them. "This is the right time to work with 'zero effect, zero defect' policy," he said. "We make new resolutions every new year. On this new year eve, we should take a resolution to use only made-in-India products," Modi said.

“Vocal for local is also gaining ground, it is our responsibility now to come ahead, as should start-ups to play their role,” he added.

Honouring Guru Gobind Singh

PM Modi also spent some time paying tribute to Guru Gobind Singh and his family who were martyred on 27 December. “On this day, the sons of Guru Gobind Singh, sahibzade Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh were immured alive; our sahibzade showed amazing courage and determination even at that tender age,” he said.

On 26 December, the PM said that Akashvani would broadcast the programme in regional languages after the Hindi broadcast on All India Radio. Earlier on 18 December, Modi had asked people to share their thoughts on 2020 and the new year.

In the last edition of the same radio address, Prime Minister had spoken about culture and how it acts like emotional recharge during a period of crisis.

“An ancient idol of Devi Annapurna, which was stolen from a temple in Varanasi almost 100 years ago, is being brought back from Canada to India. This coincided with Heritage Week which provides the culture enthusiasts an opportunity to look back into the past and discover the important phases of history. Despite the COVID-19 crisis, we saw people celebrating the Heritage Week in innovative ways,” PM Modi had said.

The PM spoke about Indian scriptures being a cynosure for the world. He also emphasised the need for an active alumni network and urged educational institutions to adopt innovative methods to engage with their alumni. This was not only needed in colleges and universities but also in schools of our villages, he had said.

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