Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the most transparent world leaders. His thoughts and ideas are articulated on his website 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. We reproduce some of these 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.
Some of the items that appeared in newspapers in April:
PM lauds women’s contribution in India’s development, calls for women empowerment
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the contribution of women of the nation towards the development of the country and said that they have potential and are getting better day by day.
“The contribution of women is remarkable. Women of our country have the potential and they strive hard for success in their field,” said the Prime Minister while addressing the commemoration of golden jubilee of Indian Merchant Chamber’s ladies wing, thorough video conferencing.
He said that the government has initiated number of measures to empower women as they want them to shine.
“Over 70 percent people who have got loans under Mudra Yojana are women.
Women contribute the most in the dairy and animal husbandry sector,” he said.
He also endorsed the Bharatiya Janata Party government’s various initiatives to empower women and promote gender equality.
“We have recently passed the Maternity Bill. The number of leave days has been more than doubled from 12 to 26 weeks and we have also done away with the provision that sought marriage details of a woman for issuing passport.”
He said that from Panchayats to Parliament women are leading from the front and that even Mahatma Gandhi advocated women empowerment.
Work is worship, not stressful
We all know by now about PM Narendra Modi’s work habits. That is, he reportedly works 18-plus hours a day, sleeps on planes rather than hotels during long-haul flights abroad so he can “save time” and keeps his ministers from their full quota of beauty sleep too.
That speaks for his stamina. But what explains his drive? The man himself tweeted the answer to that when a citizen tagged him about “work stress”.
“How can working for 125 crore Indians be stressful? It is very satisfying,” he tweeted.
The citizen listed all his engagements from the day he was scheduled to meet with Australian PM Malcom Turnbull. The PM’s day began with an early meeting with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. His day was chock-full with public engagements that ended a little after midnight, after a dinner meeting with his party’s NDA partners.
In a video interview in 2012, before he became Prime Minister, Modi as much as admitted he’s become a “workaholic” over the years. “Doctors tell me I need to sleep for 5 hours but I sleep for maximum 3-4 hours. Yet, I get a very sound sleep,” Modi said at the time.
“I am equally energetic from morning till night. I guess the secret behind it is Yoga and Pranayama, which I do daily. Whenever I feel tired, I just practice deep breathing and that refreshes me again,” he said in 2012.
Modi world’s most followed leader on Instagram
With 6.8 million followers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the world’s most followed leader on Facebook’s photo-sharing app Instagram, a new study revealed.
Modi, who was at third spot on Instagram last year, is closely followed by the US President Donald Trump with 6.3 million followers, said the study conducted by global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller.
PM Narendra Modi has 6.8 million followers on Instagram. The study looked at the activity of the 325 Instagram accounts of heads of state and government, and foreign ministers over the past 12 months.
Though Modi has only 53 photos posted on his account, he has been termed as the most effective world leader on the photo-sharing app, considering that each of his posts receives an average of 223,000 interactions.
“Leaders around the world are creating online communications that convey global social and political context while also sharing a sense of personality and creativity.
Leaders of business and all other sectors can learn from governments’ use of Instagram,” said Don Baer, CEO of Burson-Marsteller, in a statement.
Leading with example
All of us know that PM Narendra Modi is very passionate about cleanliness; that’s why he launched his ambitious project ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Campaign).
In the past, he set several examples of maintaining cleanliness. Now, in yet another example, PM Narendra Modi did something which took everyone by surprise.
The incident took place during the book release ceremony of Sumitra Mahajan’s ‘Matoshree’.
During the ceremony, Modi kept the wrapper and ribbon (wrapped around the book) in his pocket, instead of throwing them right away. Everyone was surprised with this act. In this video, you can see that during the launch programme, Modi after unveiling the book, kept the cover in his half jacket’s pocket and again set an example for all of us.
Even Sumitra Mahajan burst into laughter when Modi did this.
75 per cent villages along banks of Ganga defecation-free: PM Narendra Modi
Over 75 per cent of villages along the banks of river Ganga have become defecation-free, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, emphasising that his government has taken up this work on priority.
He said ever since the government launched the Swachh Bharat Mission in October 2014, over 1,80,000 villages across 130 districts have been declared ODF and access to toilets in rural households rose from 42 per cent to 63 per cent.
Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala have been declared as ODF, while states like Gujarat, Haryana, Uttarkhand and some others are moving forward in that direction, PM Modi said.
He also highlighted how tweets related to uncleanliness in railways receive prompt response and are met with quick action, reflecting his government’s commitment in ensuring cleanliness.
“75 per cent villages along the banks of Ganga in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal have been declared as ODF. Waste management programme has been planned so that village’s garbage does not pollute the river. I hope the banks of Ganga become ODF at the earliest,” the PM said.