“Apply your creative mind and give suggestions as to how to connect each and every Indian with the mantra of unity and harmony and ‘Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat,” the Prime Minister said, adding that the ‘prestigious’ scheme should connect everyone.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his bi-monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ said he plans to introduce a new ‘Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat’ scheme that will be aimed at strengthening the country’s unity and harmony. Announced first on October 31, as part of his address on Sardar Patel’s anniversary, Modi said he wants to shape the idea of ‘One India, Supreme India’ into a scheme and invited innovative ideas and suggestions on that.The move assumes importance in the backdrop of growing allegations of intolerance in the country, with several litterateurs, authors and filmmakers returning their awards as a mark of protest.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“On the occasion of Sardar Patel’s anniversary on October 31, I had talked about ‘Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat (One India, Supreme India)’ and now I want to give ‘Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat’ the shape of a scheme,” he said, adding that people should participate in governance by giving suggestions on the portal MyGov.in on its framework, logo and other aspects.“Apply your creative mind and give suggestions as to how to connect each and every Indian with the mantra of unity and harmony and ‘Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat,” the Prime Minister said, adding that the ‘prestigious’ scheme should connect everyone.In his talk, Modi also addressed about the importance of organ donation, which he had highlighted during his last address. “Organ donation can save valuable lives, in a way it brings immortality. What could be a bigger donation than this?” he asked.He added that he had heard that after his last address, there has been an increased response on the organ donation helpline.Relating the Organ Donation day observed on November 27, with December 3—the International Day of Persons with Disabilities— Modi in the 14th episode of his radio programme, said differently-abled people are a source of inspiration for all.“Their determination and courage is remarkable,” he said. He also appreciated ASHA workers saying that they have been working selflessly, with one of them serving a malaria-infested village in Odisha.Before every edition of his talk, Modi urges people to share their views and ideas for the programme on the government website MyGov’s Open Forum. A glance through the forum revealed that requests to take up the issue of people with disabilities had featured prominently on it.
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