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New Delhi: Asserting that the world was keen to know about Indian heritage, including yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked IT professionals to undertake “online activity” giving more information on the ancient practice.”The world is keen to know more about India and our traditions and culture, our values. We should distribute our knowledge across the world. But we can do this only when we are proud of our heritage,” Modi said in his monthly “Mann Ki Baat” radio address.

He said there were many things which had been were bequeathed to Indians by their ancestors like yoga and family values.

“Why don’t we make the world aware of our family values?” he said, adding that in a similar manner, it was “our responsibility to give the world the knowledge of yoga”.

“I request all young people, especially IT professionals, to undertake some online yoga activity which would provide information about yoga and its related benefits,” he said.

Speaking about the success of the first International Yoga Day on June 21, Modi appreciated the armed forces for joining the event and their efforts to make the day a success.

“On June 21, when I saw glimpses of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon doing yoga at the UN headquarters, I felt very happy,” he said.

The prime minister said people suggested that he speak on monsoons, which has arrived in many parts of the country.

Pitching for rainwater harvesting, Modi said efforts should be made to conserve water. “This should be a mass movement.”

He gave the example of Mahatma Gandhi’s house in Porbandar in Gujarat, where there was a 200-year-old underground reservoir to store rainwater.

In the run-up to the Raksha Bandhan festival, he asked people to ensure that women get benefits of social security schemes launched by the government.

“In August, we have Raksha Bandhan, we can begin a mass movement to ensure that all women and sisters of our country get all security scheme benefits before Raksha Bandhan,” the prime minister said.

“Whether it is a woman working as a maid in our house, or in our fields or whether it is our own sisters, we can ensure that they avail the social security schemes.”

Rakshan Bandhan is an Indian festival which celebrates the brother-sister bond.

Modi gave the example of the ‘selfie with daughter’ contest undertaken by a village head in Haryana and asked others to take up similar initiatives which would help the government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign.

He asked people to post on social media images with their daughters along with the hashtag “#selfiewithdaughter”.

The prime minster also asked people to coin slogans in any language on this topic, the best out of which he would retweet. (IANS)

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In ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi stresses on preventive healthcare

Modi also said the government has set a target to free India from tuberculosis by 2025

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  • In his latest ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Modi talks about health care
  • He presented stats of the healthcare sector
  • He talks about public awareness and development strategies

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the people to be more conscious about preventive health care because prevention was not only beneficial for a person but also for his or her family and society. Modi also said the government has set a target to free India from tuberculosis by 2025 and that the government and insurance companies will jointly provide Rs 5 lakh insurance cover to about 10 crore families per year.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of healthcare in his last Mann Ki Baat edition.

In his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, the Prime Minister said: “Preventive healthcare is the least costly and the easiest one as well. As much as we are conscious about preventive healthcare, it will be beneficial for the person, his family and society.” Modi also stressed on the need for sanitisation because “a healthy India is as vital as clean India”.

“I believe that healthy India and clean India are supplementary to each other. The country has moved ahead in the health sector with a conventional approach. Earlier, every health related work was the responsibility of the Union Health Ministry only. But in the current scenario, every department, state governments and other departments are working together for a healthy India.” He said the first necessity for a healthy life is cleanliness.

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“As all of us took up the responsibility, the result is that in the last four years or so, sanitation coverage has almost doubled and risen to around 80 per cent.”

Modi said yoga has attained worldwide recognition as a measure of preventive healthcare and urged people to start a movement right now. “Yoga Day will be celebrated on June 21. Can we start working from now to encourage people for Yoga?”

He said the government had opened over 3,000 ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendras (people’s medicine centre) and was working continuously to open more such centres. More than 800 medicines are being made available at these centres at an affordable price, he said.

will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons
Narendra Modi presented stats regarding health care system in India. Wikimedia Commons

Citing some key steps of his government for patients, the Prime Minister said: “The cost for heart stent for the patients has been reduced to 85 per cent. Knee implants cost has also been regulated and reduced by 50-70 per cent. “Under ‘Ayushman Bharat Yojana’, the Indian government and insurance companies will jointly provide Rs 5 lakh for treatment to about 10 crore families or say 50 crore citizens per year.”

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He said MBBS seats in present 479 medical colleges have been increased to about 68,000 and new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are being opened in various states with a view to provide better treatment to people across the country.

“One new medical college will be set up for every three districts.” The Prime Minister said the government is working to make the country TB-free by 2025. “This is an enormous task. Your cooperation is needed to create public awareness. All of us will need to make united efforts to become TB-free,” Modi added. IANS