Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday, urged people to prioritise local products as they indulge in shopping during festivals. At the same time, Modi urged countrymen to also ensure their safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning his address, the prime minister greeted people on the occasion of Dussehra. He also recalled the “fair-like” atmosphere during Durga Puja and Dussehra festivities that gather huge crowds every year.
PM MODI’S MANN KI BAAT ADDRESS: KEY HIGHLIGHTS
- Dussehra is also a festival of victory of patience over crises. Today, all of you are living with great restraint, celebrating festivals with modesty. Therefore, in the COVID-19 battle, we are fighting, victory is certain.
- This time, amid the enthusiasm of festival, when you go shopping make sure to remember your resolve of ‘vocal for local.’ When purchasing goods from market give priority to local products.
- Previously, a large number of people used to gather in Durga Pandal. It was a fair-like atmosphere during Durga Pooja & Dussehra, but this time it didn’t happen. Many more festivals are to be observed, we’ve to work with restraint during this Coronavirus crisis.
- During festivals, do remember lockdown times when we got to know those close associates of society without whom our lives would have been very difficult. Sanitisation workers, housekeepers and guards were with us in difficult times, now in festivals, we’ve to take them along.