Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, lauded ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 mission, saying the project had taught him faith and fearlessness. The Prime Minister, in his monthly address Mann ki Baat, also said citizens must learn from how ISRO did not let an aborted mission break their enthusiasm but instead bounced back stronger. Water conservation and the need to keep reading were other topics he touched upon.
Earlier, taking to Twitter, Modi said he was looking forward to the interaction. In his first address after he stormed back to power, Modi had credited the people for his return to run the government.
“When it (the February 24 episode) was about to end, I had stated that we would meet once again after 3 or 4 months … the confidence was not Modi’s. This trust was the trust of your foundation. You were the ones who transformed yourself into a pillar of trust,” he said in his first address of edition 2 of his programme.
“Actually speaking, I have not returned. You have brought me back. You positioned me here and gave me the opportunity to speak once again,” he said. In his first term, Modi had addressed the nation on 53 occasions between October 3, 2014 and February 24 this year through his monthly broadcast after coming to power in 2014.
Talking about the ‘Back to Village’ programme, PM Modi said that he read an interesting comment on mygov.in from Mohammad Aslam, a resident of Shopian, who was happy to play the role of an active citizen in organising community mobilisation programme – Back to Village.
“After reading the message shared by Mohammad Aslam ji, my curiosity grew to know more about the ‘Back to Village’ programme. When I went through it in detail, I felt that the whole country should also be aware of it. Such programmes show that people of Kashmir want to join the mainstream of development,” he said.
Urging students to participate in a quiz competition, PM Modi said, “Students should participate in this competition, make it interesting, memorable through participation. I specially call upon schools, parents, teachers to strive hard to ensure victory for their respective schools. I encourage all students to join,” PM Modi. The winners from the competition will be taken to Sriharikota and the expenses will be borne by the government.