MAN, MISSION & HIS PEOPLE

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the most transparent world leaders. His thoughts and ideas are articulated on his web sites and readers are encouraged to enter into healthy debates. Interesting news items and ideas, expressed by other publications are also captured and featured on the sites. We capture a series of interesting items that appear on his official sites including www.narendramodi.in, www. pmindia.gov.in, and Narendra Modi on Facebook and other social sites. We reproduce these interesting pieces for the benefit of our readers every month. Many of the items relate to the latest developments in the world of politics, international affairs, defence, business, manufacturing and social trends.

NEWSMAKER — NARENDRA MODI

US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP CALLS PM MODI TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON UTTAR PRADESH POLL VICTORY

US President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 28 and congratulated him on his recent electoral success, the White House said. Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump congratulated Modi on his success in the assembly polls.

Following the elections held in five states that began on February 4 and ended on March 9 after polling was rescheduled in some seats, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the government in four states: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

It, however, lost Punjab to main rival Congress after the results were announced on March 11.

Anchored mainly by Modi and his aide Amit Shah, the BJP juggernaut rolled on in UP and in the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand, bagging three-fourths majority.

The BJP returned to power in the politically-crucial state of UP after a gap of 15 years during which regional parties such as the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party held sway.

Goa and Manipur had hung assemblies after the polls, but the BJP managed to form the government with the support of other parties.

The elections in the five states had turned into a virtual referendum on Modi’s popularity following his decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his concern on food wastage and called on the nation to fight against this menace, as it was a social evil.

Addressing the nation in the 30th episode of his Mann Ki Baat radio programme, the Prime Minister said, “Since I have started doing this programme, many people have expressed concerns to me on food wastage. We take more than required in our plate which we are not able to finish even.” Expressing concern over the issue, he asked,

PM MODI’S LETTER ENSURES EDUCATION TO MUSLIM GIRL IN KARNATAKA

“Have we ever thought about how much food we waste? Ever pondered if we don’t waste food, we can feed the poor?

A letter from the Prime Minister’s Office helped a girl from Mandya continue her higher education. B B Sara, an MBA student from Karnataka had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for financial assistance to continue her studies.

A reply from the PMO ensured that she received an education loan in 10 days. Sara, a resident of Sugar Town in Mandya had sought a loan from the Central Bank of India to complete her studies from PES college.

Tired of bank authorities delaying the loan approval process, Sara along with her father Abdul Ilyas wrote to the prime minister, seeking assistance. Within 10 days of receiving an acknowledgement, the girl was given a loan of Rs 1.5 lakh from Vijaya bank.

“In a country of millions, the prime minister responded to a single letter that I wrote. I would like to meet him in person and thank him,” Sara said after receiving the loan.

Even our mothers teach us to take only that much what we can eat. We should understand that ignoring the issue of food wastage is anti-social and injustice to poor,” he added. Prime Minister Modi further asserted that cutting down on food wastage will also lead to personal savings. “I feel that awareness on this issue should increase. I know a few young men who are working in this direction as they have developed a mobile app with which they arrange collection of leftovers. You will find such people all over India. Their work can inspire us not to waste food.”

PM MODI’S ‘NEW INDIA’ GETS A DIGITAL BOOST: HERE’S HOW GOOGLE & GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP WILL PUSH ‘DIGITAL INDIA’

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Google India and Ministry of Electronics and Information technology has launched various new initiatives in order to create new opportunities for Indians. The important areas covered under the initiative are digital payments and digital skills.

The initiative aims to make e-payments more secure and impart more skills to students as well as developers. Aruna Sundarajan, MEITY Secretary, and Rajan Anandan, VP SouthEast Asia and India, Google made the announcement at an event in New Delhi.

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In terms of skill development: Google believes that most of the Indian citizens use mobile to access the internet today and the country has the potential to become a leader in mobile app technology.

In that direction, Google has announced its Android Skilling program and aims to train 2 million developers in the country.

The initiative includes the development of a speciallydesigned instructor-led training program.

The tech major will also extend the course to the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT). The institute will, in turn, train more than one lakh developers and students through its network of centres.

Other initiatives: The partnership will ensure proliferating the Indic web; enhancing government’s online presence especially on mobile platforms to enable citizen engagement and training and capacity building programs on digital tools.

Google wants to bring fast, high-quality Internet access to Indians, and also build products which perform even when there is low connectivity. Google also plans to increase internet usage amongst women in rural India and skills development for developers and SMBs.

PM MODI: NEW INDIA IS MANIFESTATION OF STRENGTH OF ALL INDIANS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that ‘New India’ is the manifestation of the strength, skills and vision of all the 125 crore Indians. Addressing the nation through his ‘Mann Ki Baat’, he talked about a range of topics including the issues of depression, increase in maternity leave and growing acceptance of digital payments post demonetisation.

He said that ‘New India’ in the 21st century cannot be defined by a government policy or the manifesto of a political party, but is a collective responsibility and is a manifestation of the strength of all the Indians who will create “Bhavya Bharat”. Pointing out to the government’s vision to ensure the country’s newborns get proper care, Modi said that working women will now

be given maternity leave of 26 weeks, instead of the earlier 12 weeks, for their pregnancy and delivery. In his radio address, he also thanked the people of the country for participating in digital payment Digidhan movement. He said that post demonetisation the citizens of the country are curious and are fast learning to adopt cashless modes of payment.