Make a resolution to use local products says PM


     Prime minister Narendra Modi urged the people of the nation to make a New Year resolution to substitute foreign-made products for local goods in 2021, in his last Mann ki Baat.

     Mr. Narendra Modi mentioned that manufacturers have to make sure that Indian-made products are up to global standards, as a part of the government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) push and the Vocal for Local campaign.

     He asked Indians to make a list of daily used products and identify which ones are made abroad and look for Indian substitutes.

     “The abroad made things are unknowingly putting us down, let us find out the Indian substitutes for them and replace them, let us use the products which are made with the hard work and sweat of the Indian people, we make resolutions every year so, this year let us make a New Year resolution for the sake of our country”, Mr.Modi said.

     “ Getting rid of India of single-use plastic should be another resolution for 2021. Due to the pandemic, the topic of single-use was discussed much this year. Later he said our country had learned a lesson with every challenge we faced this year due to the whole COVID-19 pandemic. “ he said.

  Amid the ongoing agitation by farmers from Punjab against the farm laws,   Prime Minister spoke of the sacrifices of Guru Teg Bahadur, Mata Gujari, Guru Gobind Singh, and his sons, remembered as the four Sahibzade, and Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, adding that it was this kind of sacrifices that kept the fabric of India intact.

     He also mentioned the increase in the leopard population from 7,900 in 2014 to 12,852 in 2020. The Prime minister reminded the listeners that it was Geeta Jayanti two days ago by referring to the “uniqueness” of the Bhagavat Geeta.

      The Congress on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “showing insensitivity” towards farmers. The party said while Mr. Modi spoke on everything from “garbage to animals” in his last Mann ki Baat broadcast of the year, he did not mention the farmers’ agitation.

    Congress MP from Punjab Ranveet Singh Bittu said the Union government, before its next meeting with farmers, should withdraw the clause of penalty for stubble burning in the farm laws and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 in its entirety.

     “Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on garbage to animals in his last Mann ki Baat but did not speak a word about the farmers’ agitation. Surely, a Prime Minister who as a tea-seller has spent time on railway platforms should understand the pains of the farmers”, Mr.Bittu said at a press conference here.

     Mr.Bittu said many soldiers posted at the borders with Pakistan and China too had requested the government to intervene at the earliest so that their parents can return home.

     “We don’t understand what the government wants? The farmers have been sitting on protest for 32 days now, many have died due to the biting cold. Does the government want their blood,” he asked.