Prime Minister Modi expressed satisfaction that as the nation is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, the young generation is giving Khadi the place of pride that it had during the freedom struggle. Production of Khadi and handloom has increased multiple times as well as its demand. There were many times when the Khadi India showroom in Delhi did business of more than crore rupees. Mr Modi said people should aim to create another record on this 2nd of October, which is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He said doing so would also be a push for Vocal for Local.
A campaign to disseminate the untold stories of freedom is also going on during Amrit Mahotsav. Upcoming young writers were called upon for the campaign. Mr Modi stated that more than 13 thousand people have registered for this till now in 14 different languages. He said it is a matter of joy that non-resident Indians from more than 20 countries have expressed their wish to join this campaign. He added that more than 5000 upcoming writers are researching lesser known tales of struggle for freedom.
Prime Minister Modi hailed a team of 8 Divyang persons who created a world record by hoisting the flag on the Kumar Post situated at an altitude of more than 15 thousand feet at the Siachen glacier. He said the feat that the Divyangs have achieved is an inspiration for the whole country. This operation to conquer the Siachen Glacier was aided by the veterans of the special forces of the Indian Army. Mr Modi commended the team for this historic and unprecedented achievement. He said it also shows the spirit of countrymen to tackle every challenge with a “Can Do Culture”, a “Can Do Determination” and a “Can Do Attitude”.
He said many efforts are being made for the welfare of Divyangjan in the country. He cited one such example from Uttar Pradesh – “One Teacher, One Call”. This unique effort in Bareilly is being led by the principal of a school in Dabhaura Gangapur, Deepmala Pandey. During the COVID period, admission of a large number of children became possible due to this initiative under which teachers go from village to village ensuring admission of Divyang children in schools. Mr Modi expressed deep appreciation for this noble effort of Deepmala and her fellow teachers for the sake of Divyangjans.
The Prime Minister said there has been an increase in curiosity and awareness about Healthcare and Wellness during this COVID period. He said natural products which are beneficial for wellness and health are available in abundance in the country. He urged scientists, researchers and people associated with Startups to pay attention to such products, which not only increase the wellness and immunity of the people, but also help in increasing the income of farmers and youth.
Mr Modi mentioned Patayat Sahu from Nandol, Kalahandi, Odisha, who has been doing unique work in this area for years. He planted medicinal plants on one and a half acres of land and carried out documentation of these medicinal plants. The Prime Minister also gave the example of an Aloe Vera Village in Jharkhand. The women of Deori village near Ranchi had undergone training in Aloe Vera cultivation from Birsa Agricultural School following which they started cultivating aloe vera. Mr Modi said that this led to benefits in the field of health as well as increased income. One of the major reasons for this was that the companies making sanitizers were buying Aloe Vera directly from them. Today a team of about forty women is involved in this work.
The Prime Minister said the 2nd of October also marks the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri. He said this day also teaches about those who attempt new experiments in agriculture. To promote start-ups in the field of medicinal plants, an Incubator by the name of Medi-Hub TBI is operational in Anand, Gujarat. In a very short time, this Incubator associated with medicinal and aromatic plants, has supported the business idea of 15 entrepreneurs. Sudha Chebrolu launched her start-up after getting the help of this Incubator.
Mr Modi said priority is given to women in this company and they are also responsible for innovative herbal formulations. Another such entrepreneur – Subhashree – also received help from this Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Incubator. Her company is working in the field of herbal room and car fresheners. She has also created a herbal terrace garden which has more than 400 medicinal herbs.
The Prime Minister was pleased to note that the Ayush Ministry has taken an interesting initiative to increase awareness about Medicinal and Herbal Plants among children. He said a comic book by the name of Professor Ayushman has been brought out which contains short stories through different cartoon characters. The usefulness of healthy medicinal plants like Aloe Vera, Tulsi, Amla, Giloy, Neem, Ashwagandha and Brahmi has been mentioned in the comic.
Mr Modi stated that novel initiatives and options are being done in agriculture which are in turn creating new means of self-employment. He gave the example of two brothers from Pulwama – Bilal Ahmed Sheikh and Munir Ahmed Sheikh who launched a start-up in agriculture. Bilal installed a unit of Vermi composting at his home. The bio-fertilizer prepared from this unit has not only benefited a lot in agriculture but has also brought employment opportunities to the people.
The Prime Minister said 25th September is the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay who is one of the greatest thinkers of the last century. His economic philosophy, policies aimed at empowering the society, the path of Antyodaya shown by him remain relevant in the present context. Mr Modi said the Ayushman Bharat scheme was implemented three years ago, on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
Today, more than 2.5 crore people have received free treatment up to 5 lakh rupees in the hospital under the Ayushman Bharat scheme. Mr Modi said such a massive scheme for the poor is dedicated to the Antyodaya philosophy of Deen Dayal Upadhyay. He urged the youth to learn about the great personality as they can learn many things from the life of Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
The Prime Minister asked the people to follow necessary protocols during the upcoming festive season and keep in mind that the fight against COVID is not won yet. He said the country has made many records for its COVID vaccination programme. He reminded that every Indian has an important role in this fight against COVID and urged people to get the vaccine shots when their turn comes.