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Prime Minister invokes Sikh gurus and calls for self-reliance

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged Indian manufacturers to abide by global standards as the country increasingly focuses on improving self-sufficiency and increasing domestic production at the end of a year devastated by the pandemic.

On your last monthly radio broadcast, Mann ki baatFrom 2020, Modi said that manufacturers should make products that have a “zero defect”, and again reached out to the Sikh community amid ongoing farmers’ protest against a set of three controversial farm laws.

“Vocal for local is resonating in each and every home,” the prime minister said. “In such a scenario, it is time to ensure that our products meet global standards. Whichever is the best overall; we should do it in India and prove it. For that, our entrepreneurial friends have to come forward. Startups also have to emerge, ”he said.

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In an attempt to give indigenous production a boost and help the poor cope with the aftermath of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the government announced Rs. Rs 20 million economic package under AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan (Autonomous India Initiative). The prime minister has also urged the nation to “speak local” to reduce dependence on imports.

A growing trend of customers demanding Indian-made toys, for example, marks a transformation from the traditional mindset, Modi said.

“A great change has started in the minds of our compatriots… that too within a year. It is not easy to assess this change. Even economists couldn’t evaluate it on its parameters, ”he said.

Geographical Indication, or GI labeling for agricultural products, will also help in building a self-sufficient India, the prime minister said, citing the example of Kashmir saffron. “After obtaining the GI label, Kashmiri Saffron was launched in a supermarket in Dubai. Now your exports will get a boost. This will further strengthen our efforts to build an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. “

The Prime Minister also referred to the need to preserve the culture and heritage of India and recalled how the sons of Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, Sahibzade Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, sacrificed their lives to protect culture, civilization and the millenary traditions of the country. of the cruel faults of tyrants and torturers ”, a reference to the Mughal rulers.

“The tyrants wanted the sahibzade to renounce her faith, to abandon the teachings of the great Guru tradition. But our sahibzade showed amazing courage and determination even at that tender age. During the cloistering, the stones began to pile up, gradually raising the height of the wall, death staring them in the face. Despite that, they didn’t budge one bit. It was on this very day that Guru Gobind Singh ji’s mother, Mata Gujari, achieved martyrdom, ”he said.

He also referred to his visit last week to Gurudwara Rakabganj in New Delhi, where he paid tribute to Guru Tegh Bahadur. The visit came amid ongoing protests by a section of farmers from Punjab and Haryana against three contentious farm laws.

“During this same month, inspired by Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji, many people sleep on the ground. People remember the supreme sacrifices made by members of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji’s family with immense reverence, ”he said.

Farm unions protesting farm laws on Saturday agreed to restart negotiations with the government, ending a stalemate in talks to resolve a month-long politically defiant turmoil of tens of thousands of farmers. , on Saturday sent a letter to a senior bureaucrat in the Ministry of Agriculture in which they agreed to hold delegation-level talks with the central government on December 29 at 11 am.

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