Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the audience on the Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast on Sunday announced that a 'Meri Mati Mera Desh' campaign will be launched in the run-up to Independence Day for honouring the martyred bravehearts of the country.
'Meri Mati Mera Desh' campaign to be launched
PM Modi mentioned in his address that with the nearing of August 15, he resonated 'Amrit Mahotsav' everywhere and launched the big campaign ' Meri Mati Mera Desh' to commemorate the bravehearts on this occasion. He also said that programmes will be organised across India in memory of those who laid down their lives for the country.
PM Modi added, "Special inscriptions will be installed in lakhs of village panchayats of the country in memory of these personalities."
An 'Amrit Kalash Yatra' will also be taken out during this campaign, he said.
"This 'Amrit Kalash Yatra', carrying the soil in 7,500 'kalash' from villages and various corners of the country, will reach Delhi. This yatra will also carry plants from various parts of the country. From 7,500 kalash, soil and plants that will come, an 'Amrit Vatika' will be built close to the National War Memorial," the Prime Minister said.
During his radio address, Modi praised the government's recent changes to the Haj policy. He noted that these updates have provided more people with an opportunity to participate in the annual pilgrimage.
PM Modi said that over 4,000 women were able to perform Haj without 'Mehram' or a male companion which he mentioned to be a "big change". He also informed that Muslim women who came back from Haj wrote to him, he said, "Their Haj was very special as they performed the pilgrimage without 'Mehram'. Their number is not 50 or 100 but over 4,000. This is a big change". While he also thanked the Saudi Government for the arrangement to be successful.
"The changes made in the Haj policy in the last few years are being appreciated. Our Muslim mothers and sisters have written a lot to me. Now more and more people are getting an opportunity to go for Haj," the prime minister said.
Artefacts from the US
Further, PM Modi talked about several artefacts that have been brought back to India from the United States recently.
Recent natural calamities in India
Then PM Modi noted that the past few days have been full of worries and trouble due to natural calamities. "People had to suffer in many places due to many swelled rivers like the Yamuna," he said.
The prime minister noted that during recent natural disasters, the people of the country once again demonstrated the strength of working together as a collective effort.
PM Modi expressed his appreciation for the innovative ways people are conserving water. He mentioned the impressive accomplishment of planting 30 crore saplings in Uttar Pradesh in just one day, citing it as an excellent example of public participation and awareness.