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Contribute to "New India", says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that India witnessed an impressive shift from "Swaraj to Su-raj" and encouraged Indians to make their contribution towards building a "New India".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that India could witness a phase of development as it is moving from "Swaraj to Su-raj" and urged 125 crore people to contribute for building of a "New India".

In his monthly radio address, "Mann Ki Baat", he also made a strong plea to the citizens to fight against corruption and black money and encourage digital payments more than cash transactions. He further highlighted that India has seen 2.5 crore digital payments in a span of six months.

"Within two months of its launch, there had been 1.5 crore downloads of BHIM app, this is commendable...," Modi said.

The PM also added that, "If 125 crore citizens make a resolution, then we can achieve the target of 2.5 crore digital transactions within six months and not wait for a year."

In addition, Modi also expressed confidence that post-November 8 demonetisation of ₹ 500 and ₹ 1,000 notes, the nation has encountered a huge growth in digital transactions.

"Just make sure you submit school fee of your children, do railway or airline bookings and other transactions through the digital mode," he said and enumerated government initiatives to promote digital payments.

On the day of Bangladesh's independence on march 26, Modi wished for the nation's affluence and ensured India's commitment as a strong partner of its neighbouring country, Bangladesh and further assured that both the countries shall work shoulder to shoulder in building and promoting peace, prosperity, security and progress.

Modi asked the citizens of India to be more responsible and contribute in their own ways towards building a transformed India by 2022, which marks the 75th year of Indian independence.

"New India is neither a government project nor a manifesto of a political party. It is the joint call and desire of 125 crore Indians to transform India.

"Everything is not linked to the budget or government funds. If every citizen pledges to be more responsible, performs his duties, then this dream of a new and transformed India can be easily realised," he said.

This was Modi's first radio address after the Bharatiya Janata Party acquired power in Uttar Pradesh and three other states.

"Service is the core of our values. If we obey traffic rules, pledge not to use petrol or diesel once a week, resolve to be more responsible, if we do things step by step, we can achieve a new India," he said.

Paying tributes to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, he also talked about the enterprise and organisational skills of Mahatma Gandhi.

"Year 2022 will be India's 75th year of independence; let's all remember Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. Let us remember the Champaran movement and resolve to be disciplined in our journey from Swaraj to Su-raj."

The Prime Minister also expressed food wastage as a matter of serious concern and urged people to fight against such an issue as well.

Ahead of April 7, which marks World Health Day, Modi accentuated the society's need to change its mindset towards depression and encourage victims to raise their voices.

Modi also laid emphasis on the fact that given a healthy and a right psychological environment, one can fight against depression.
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