New Delhi: During his Mann Ki Baat radio address to the nation today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the organisation of the ‘Meri Mati Mera Desh’ event as part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations on Independence Day.
The ‘Meri Mati Mera Desh’ campaign aims to honour the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for the country. Various programmes will be conducted across the nation to commemorate these valiant martyrs. Additionally, special inscriptions will be installed in numerous village panchayats as a tribute to these immortal heroes.
As part of the campaign, an ‘Amrit Kalash Yatra’ will traverse the country, carrying soil in 7,500 urns from different regions. This symbolic journey will culminate in Delhi, where the soil and saplings collected will be used to establish an ‘Amrit Vatika’ near the National War Memorial, signifying the unity of ‘Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat’.
“Under this campaign, ‘Amrit Kalash Yatra’ will also be organised across the country. This ‘Amrit Kalash Yatra’ carrying soil in 7500 urns from every corner of the country will reach Delhi, the capital of the country. This journey will also carry with it saplings from different parts of the country,” said the PM in Mann Ki Baat.
The Prime Minister lauded the changes made in the Haj policy by the government, enabling over 4,000 women to perform Haj without the need for a male companion (Mehram). This significant change has empowered Muslim women to partake in the pilgrimage independently.
Modi expressed gratitude to the Saudi Government for their cooperation in implementing the revised Haj policy and highlighted how these changes have been widely appreciated, enabling more people to fulfil their Haj aspirations.
He also discussed numerous antiques recently returned to India from the United States. PM Modi stated that recent days have been filled with anxiety and hardship as a result of natural disasters. “People had to suffer in many places as a result of many swollen rivers, such as the Yamuna,” he remarked. In the midst of natural disasters, the people of the country have once again demonstrated the strength of collective endeavour, according to the prime minister.
Acknowledging the recent natural calamities that caused distress across the country, the Prime Minister praised the collective efforts of the people in dealing with such crises. He also commended the innovative water conservation initiatives taken by the public and cited the remarkable achievement of planting 30 crore saplings in a single day in Uttar Pradesh as a testament to public participation and awareness.