Modi hails Uttarakhand farmers for 'value addition' process

Speaking about Good News India programme on Doordarshan, Mr Modi said, the programme tells about many good initiatives taken by people in different parts of the country and everyone should watch it.

"But, the farmers in Kapkot village chose to come out of this situation and adopted a value addition process and changed the loss incurring equation into a profit-earning one", the Prime Minister said in his monthly radio programme "Mann Ki Baat".

The Prime Minister called upon the youth to participate in the Swachh Bharat Summer Internship.

Making a pitch to join in cleaning the country, Modi said, "What do you plan to do this summer?"

The Prime Minister said Adalaj and Patan Ki Raniki Vaav (Baodi) in Gujarat is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The internship is an initiative of the Sports, Human Resource Development (HRD) and Water Ministry.

"Some people have really benefited very well from MNREGA budget provisions made by the Government of India for water conservation and water management works".

Moving on to the pressing issue of water conservation, the prime minister said the government will leave "no stone unturned" to work towards awareness on water conservation in the weeks leading up to the monsoon season. "Not just that, those interns who accomplish their tasks well will be awarded two credit points each by the UGC", Modi said. Let us think about ways to make the 4th Yoga Day memorable. Modi, while mentioning how every citizen is extremely proud of the record medal tally India achieved this year, also congratulated the coaches, parents, and friends of the athletes who ensured their performance was not affected by unnecessary external factors. "They overcame many obstacles and difficulties to reach there". His life taught people to walk the path of equality and brotherhood, Modi said. "I wish people all over the world who revere Lord Buddha and believe in the principles of his compassion, an auspicious Buddha Purnima", Modi said.

Modi also paid tributes to Rabindranath Tagore, whose birth anniversary falls on May 7, and said he used to listen to Rabindra Sangeet' when he was a child. India is developing infrastructure to boost Buddhism tourism, he said, and working to connect easily with the Buddhist countries of the south east Asia.

  • Joe Gonzales