PM Modi focuses on Kerala floods in 47th ‘Mann Ki Baat’: Key highlights

New Delhi: In the 47th edition of his radio programme “Mann Ki Baat” on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi majorly focused on the Kerala floods while assuring its victims that India stands with them in the hour of need.

After launching his address by wishing the nation on Rakshabandhan and Sanskrit Diwas, PM Modi touched upon several topics including the Kerala floods, Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s contribution to India’s political culture, functioning of monsoon session and India’s performance at the Asian Games.

Here are the highlights from PM Modi’s address:

  • While talking about the Kerala floods, PM Modi extended his condolences to the people who have lost their loved ones during the disaster. He commended “people from all walks of life” who came forward to support them. He also acknowledged the security forces for their unconditional support during rescue operations in the natural disaster, which claimed 265 lives and wreaked destruction to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore. The Centre had released Rs 543 crore in financial aid to the state under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme on Friday.

  • The Prime Minister also spoke his heart about the contributions of former prime minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee — who died on August 16. Stressing on the point that most people wanted him to speak about the deceased veteran, he said, “Atalji brought a very distinctive and positive change in India’s political culture. Tributes have poured in from all sections of society.” He also credited Vajpayee for fixing the size of council of ministers and stricter anti-defection law.

  • PM Modi also asserted that parliamentarians from across different political parties collaborated to make this year’s monsoon session successful. “This was a session devoted to social justice and youth welfare. The government is committed to safeguarding the rights of SC and ST communities,” he added.

  • He also talked about the pressing issue of crimes committed against women and assured that the government will show zero tolerance towards those who indulge in such crimes. “It’s for this reason that Parliament passed stricter laws against rape, and passed an amendment to make child rape punishable by the death penalty,” PM Modi added.

  • With a special mention to the ongoing Asian Games, he said that the nation was proud of the medal winners while wishing luck to the players who are set to participate in the forthcoming events. India has won 29 medals in the Games so far — seven gold, five silver and 17 bronze.