File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
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Today's youth detest anarchy, despise lack of governance and instability, says Modi

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, December 29, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the youth of today detest anarchy of any sort and despise any element of lack of governance and instability.
Delivering his monthly “Mann ki Baat” address over All India Radio (AIR), the Prime Minister said the young people abhor any shades of nepotism, casteism, favouritism or gender discrimination.
“This generation is extremely talented. It thrives on the dream to do something new, something different. It has its own set of opinions. And the best part is; especially in the case of India; according to me, they appreciate the system.
“Not just that, they prefer to follow the system. And in the event of the system not responding properly, they get restless and even courageously question the system itself! I consider this attribute as a virtue,” he added.
Referring to them as the ‘Social Media Generation’, he said at an airport or a cinema theatre, if someone tries to break a queue, the first to react vociferously are these young people. If such an incident takes place, the youth present around make a video of it on their mobile phones, which goes viral within no time! And the culprit instantly realizes the consequence.
“Thus, our new generation is an embodiment, a reflection of a new system, a new order, a new age, a new thought. Today, India eagerly awaits this generation expectantly. These are the very people who have to elevate the country to greater heights,” he added.  
On the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on the January 12, celebrated as National Youth Day, every young person should give a thought to this responsibility, taking one resolve or the other for this decade, Modi said.
The Prime Minister also pointed out that the Vivekananda Memorial, built on a rock at Kanyakumari seashore, was completing 50 years of existence.  
“Whoever visits the place naturally experiences a surge of inner energy, a sense of positivity; the resolve to contribute something to the country,” he added. In this context, he referred to the visit of President Ram Nath Kovind to the rock memorial and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to Gujarat to inaugurate the Desert Festival in the Rann of Kutch and urged the people to tour these spots.
The Prime Minister said while alumni meets are joyous occasions, it is seen that at some of these gatherings, the alumni groups decide to contribute something or the other to their schools like computerisation, revamping library facilities, drinking water or new rooms.
“But today, I wish to present before you a special occasion. Just recently, I came across on the media, a story on the Bhairavganj Health Centre in the West Champaran district of Bihar where thousands of people from neighbouring villages converged for a free health check-up.
“This was not a government programme, nor was it a government initiative. This was a step taken as part of an Alumni Meet organized by former students of the local K. R. High School. And they named it ‘Sankalp 95’.
"‘Sankalp 95’ means the resolve undertaken by the 1995 Batch of that High School. The Government Medical College of Bettiah and many hospitals also joined in this campaign. And after that, an entire movement centred on public health got started. Be it free medical tests, distribution of free medicines, or, just spreading awareness.
"In another such instance, some women of Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh, hampered by financial constraints and poverty, aligned with the women self-help group of Kadipur, joined in learning the skill of making slippers. With the help of ‘Gramin Ajivika Mission,’ a slipper manufacturing plant has also been established here, where slippers are being made with the help of modern machines," he said.
The Prime Minister also called for increasing the use of local products as Mahatma Gandhi had viewed this spirit of Swadeshi as a lamp illuminating the lives of millions as well as bringing prosperity in the lives of the poorest of the poor.
“My dear countrymen, can we pledge, that by 2022, when we achieve 75 years of independence we insist and remain steadfast, at least for about two-three years, on buying local products? Products made in India, made by the hands of our citizens, carrying the fragrance of the sweat of our countrymen, can’t we resolve to buy such things? I do not advocate this for a long time, just till 2022, until the completion of 75 years of independence.
“And this work should not be carried out by the government, instead of this young people should step forward at various places, form small organizations, motivate people, explain and decide –'Come, we will buy only local, products, emphasize on local products, carrying the fragrance of the sweat of our countrymen',” he added.
Referring to the ‘Himayat Programme’ of Jammu- Kashmir and Ladakh, he said the  teenagers and youth from 15 to 35 years of age, of the region who could not complete their school or college studies, about 18.000 of them, have received training in 77 different trades. They include Parveen Fatima from a village in Kargil, who has become a Supervisor-cum-Coordinator following promotion in a Garment Unit in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu.
Referring to the recent solar eclipse, he spoke about the contributions of ancient Indians in the field of astronomy.
Modi said the parliamentarians have broken all the records of the last 60 years. In the last 6 months, both the sessions of the 17th Lok Sabha have been very productive. Lok Sabha's productivity stands at 114%, while that of Rajya Sabha is 94%.
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