30 Apr 2023

Mann Ki Baat Turns 100 Today; PM Modi Did Swachhta ki Baat In Many Episodes And How People Responded

New Delhi: “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has changed the meaning of public participation in our country. If something related to cleanliness takes place anywhere in the country people certainly inform me about it,” PM Narendra Modi had said in Mann Ki Baat on 26 February, 2023. 

Swachh Bharat Mission is very close to the PM’s heart and it has often found a special mention in Mann Ki Baat episodes. As Mann Ki Baat turns 100 today, the invigorating stories of swachhata warriors continue to inspire and motivate all to take a step towards cleanliness.

Applauding Jan Andolan in urban swachhata, PM mentioned in one of the episodes, “Swachh Bharat Mission has become firmly rooted in the mind of every Indian today.”

'Replace plastic bags with cloth bags'

The 98th episode of Mann Ki Baat was focused on waste to wealth where PM highlighted the contributions of Kamala Moharana from Kendrapada district of Odisha, who runs a self-help group.  

He said, “The women of this group make many things like baskets and mobile stands from milk pouches and other plastic packing materials. This is becoming a good source of income for them along with ensuring cleanliness. If we resolve, we can make a huge contribution towards a clean India. At least we all should take a pledge to replace plastic bags with cloth bags, and also inspire other people.”

'Indore has created a special identity in cleanliness'

Speaking of Indore in the 80th episode,  PM said, “We know very well that whenever the topic of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan comes up, Indore has created a special identity of its own in cleanliness.” 

PM highlighted various initiatives from across country

Highlighting the various initiatives from all corners of the country PM mentioned, “During the Ganpati immersion in Kakinada, people were told about the harm caused by plastic. Within three days in Odisha, more than 20 thousand school students took a pledge to inspire fellow citizens for the Swachh Sagar – Surakshit Sagar initiative.”

'E-waste can become a great force in Circular Economy of Recycle and Reuse'

Pressing upon E-Waste, PM pointed out in the 97th episode that, E-Waste if not disposed of properly, can harm the environment. But, if done carefully, it can become a great force in the Circular Economy of Recycle and Reuse. PM mentioned quite a few E-Waste recyclers. Lauding their efforts, PM said that, “All of them are helping to make India a Global Recycling Hub.”  

Modi's flagship address, Mann Ki Baat, first aired on October 3, 2014, will turn 100 on April 30, 2023. During these 99 episodes, PM Modi has mentioned over 700 Indians and around 300 organizations, all of whom are doing exceptional work. The radio program not just reflected the mood of the nation but brought to light citizen action for positive changes. 

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