Mann Ki Baat' is real-life stories & experiences that reflect real India: Guv Nazeer

VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh Governor S Abdul Nazeer has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme is “essentially about real-life stories and experiences, stories that reflect the real India.” A special screening of the historic 100th episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ was held at the Raj Bhavan here on Sunday.

Addressing the gathering, the governor said, “Mann Ki Baat is unique in terms of its subject matter, design, interaction and the PM’s innovative way of communicating with the people and the society as a whole.”

Governor Nazeer maintained that throughout its successful course of 99 episodes over the last eight years, the Mann Ki Baat programme has endeavoured to not only generate awareness about important issues but also
inspire the people to act on social and national causes.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao, the Covid-19 vaccination and the Har Ghar Tiranga are a few of the best examples of Mann Ki Baat episodes that have received tremendous response from the people.

Reputed artisan CV Raju from Visakhapatnam thanked the Prime Minister for highlighting the Eti-Koppakaa toys of his village that are very popular. The speciality of these toys made of wood is that they would not have
any angles or corners anywhere. These toys are round on all sides and hence there is no scope for injury to children. Raju has started a new movement for Etikoppakaa toys along with the artisans of his village.

Prof. Srinivas Padkandra from Vijayawada who is creating sculptures from automobile metal scrap was very much delighted that his work got recognition from Prime Minister Modi. The huge sculptures made by him have
been installed in public parks and people watch them with great enthusiasm.
This is an innovative experiment with electronic and automobile waste recycling.

His work got wide recognition after the Prime Minister mentioned it in his Mann Ki Baat programme. Thereafter, he began getting calls from other states including Telangana and Kerala, he said.

Ram Bhupal Reddy said, “The mantra of serving the society by rising above one’s self is a part of our values and our sanskar.” He said countless people in this country are making this mantra their life’s goal.

The Prime Minister had earlier made a mention of Ram Bhupal Reddy of Markapuram, Andhra Pradesh, in a previous episode of the Mann Ki Baat. This pleasantly surprised him and he decided to donate all his earnings after his retirement for the education of poor girls. He got accounts opened for about 100 daughters in his neighbourhood under the Sukanya Samridhi Yojana and deposited more than 25 lakhs in it.

KV Ramasubba Reddy, resident of Nandyal district, Andhra Pradesh, who left a well-paid job for the sake of millets, received a mention by PM Modi in the Mann Ki Baat. Thanking the Prime Minister for his kind gesture, Subba Reddy, who was popularly known as the ‘Millet Man of India’, explained the benefits of millets to the people and encouraged people to produce this with less use of water and pesticides. The year 2023 has also been marked as the ‘Year of Millets’ by the UN.

Sai Praneeth, a software professional from Andhra Pradesh has found a place in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat for his yeomen services to the farmers. He predicts weather conditions and helps farmers in dealing with the vagaries of weather. For years, he had an interest in meteorology. So, he decided to use his interest and talents for the welfare of farmers, providing them necessary information through various media platforms in the local language.

Besides weather updates, he would provide instructions to be followed in different climatic conditions... especially how to be safe from floods or how to avoid storms or lightning.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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