Dump VIP culture, embrace 'EPI', says Modi

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Modi said the beacon ban will come into force from Monday, May 1, 2017 to revamp the country's so-called VIP culture that had its deep roots in India's colonial era when the British rulers instilled obesance with the VIP culture among the local Indians.

Calling the youth to pursue sports in the holidays, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said learning new things will change their perspective in life and will help them to grow.

He added, "Let us warmly accept the importance of a hundred & twenty five crore countrymen, let us respectfully embrace the Mahaatmya, the divine greatness of a hundred & twenty five crore Indians and we'll garner strength of enormous magnitude. Examinations are over and I would urge young people to step out of their comfort zone...try something new this vacation", Modi said.

"Generally speaking, in our country there exists an atmosphere of disdain towards the VIP culture".

"It (use of red beacon) had become sort of a symbol of VIP culture".

He said getting rid of red beacon was an administrative decision but efforts have to be made to remove the VIP culture from the mindset also. "Removing the red beacon is just part of the system but we need to make a conscious effort to weed out this culture from our minds", he added. "Use the BHIM app and refer it to others and earn money for referrals", Modi said, referring to the government's e-wallet app.




Under the scheme, a person can earn Rs. 10 every time he or she introduces BHIM to another person and that person undertakes three digital transactions.

PM Modi ended the Mann Ki Baat by saying, "We have always believed in "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas" and it's not only in context of India, but the world". "There should be cooperation of our neighbours and there should be development of our neighbours too", the PM added. All South Asian countries, except Pakistan, are part of the project.

"The capacities of this satellite and the facilities it provides will go a long way in addressing South Asia's economic and developmental priorities".

Modi said that the teachings of Gautama Buddha are relevant in the presnt day scenario of wars, conflcits and arms race and announed that he would celebrate Gautama Buddha's birth anniversary in Sri Lanka ths year.

Giving a pep talk to the youth during his monthly radio programme "Mann ki Baat", Modi also encouraged them to pack their bags and venture out and see new places instead of staying indoors during the holidays. PM says the heat earlier experienced during the months of May and June is being felt in the month of April.

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