Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the first ‘Mann Ki Baat’ of 2021 on January 31. The speech, addressed to the nation, came a day before Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents Union Budget 2021-22.
11.32 am: PM Narendra Modi has concluded his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address.
11.30 am | PM Modi: The waiting time at toll plazas has reduced significantly because of FASTag. Thus, cars are using less fuel.
11.20 am | PM Modi: A few days ago, four Indian women pilots commanded a direct flight from San Francisco in the United States to Bengaluru. The flight, covering a distance of over 10,000 kilometres, brought over 225 people to India. Be it any field, participation of nation's women is continuously increasing.
11.14 am | PM Modi: Now that India is going to celebrate 75 years of its independence, your writings will be an ideal tribute to the heroes of freedom movement.
11.12 am | PM Modi has urged all Indians, especially youngsters, to write about our freedom fighters from their area.
"I call upon all the countrymen, and especially our young friends, to write about our freedom fighters, events associated with it and write books about tales of valour during freedom struggle from their areas," PM Modi said.
11.08 am: The prime minister is talking about India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive. PM Modi said that India is administering doses faster than many of the developed countries. He also touched upon India’s vaccine gifts to other nations.
"We are not only running the world's biggest vaccination drive, but also the fastest in vaccinating our citizens," PM Modi said.
“You must have noticed about the vaccination programme that India is able to help others because India today is self-reliant in the field of medicines and vaccines,” PM Modi added.
11.06 am | PM Modi: The insult of the national flag (at Red Fort) on Republic Day (during the tractor rally) shocked the nation.
11.05 am: PM Modi has hailed the Indian cricket team’s performance in the recent Test series played against Australia, saying that the players’ hard work is inspiring.
"This month, we got good news from the cricket pitch. After initial hiccups, the Indian team bounced back gloriously and won the [Test] series in Australia. Our team's hard work and teamwork was inspiring," PM Modi said.
11.02 am | PM Narendra Modi: Today is the last day of January 2021. Aren’t you also thinking that the month had just started? It feels like it was just a few days ago that we all were wishing each other a Happy New Year. We recently announced the Padma Awards and celebrated the Republic Day. I urge you all to read more about those who were awarded the Padma Awards this year.
11.00 am | PM Modi has begun his address to the nation.
10.50 am | PM Narendra Modi will address the nation through his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme shortly.
The prime minister may touch upon India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, which started on January 16. India has administered the first dose of the vaccines to at least 37 lakh people so far. Timely completion of the vaccination process is being seen as crucial for returning to pre-pandemic normalcy.
The radio show is aired live on All India Radio and state broadcaster Doordarshan. Akashvani broadcasts the address in regional languages shortly after the Hindi speech concludes.
WATCH | Mann Ki Baat - January 31, 2021:
This was the 73rd episode of the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.
In the previous episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on December 27, 2020, PM Modi had spoken about the challenges faced by India and the world in the year gone by, in context of the coronavirus pandemic. He said that citizens had shown great determination during this period.PM Modi had also lauded the youth of the country, saying they have a 'can do' approach and 'will do' spirit. Wishing citizens good health and safety in 2021, PM Modi had said there would be nothing better than India reaching greater heights in the new year.