“Replace Plastic Bags with Cloth Bags” PM Does Swachhta ki Baat at 98th Episode of #MannKiBaat
01 May 2023: 98th episode of Mann Ki Baat was focused on waste to wealth where PM highlighted the contributions of Kamala Moharana from Kendrapada District of Odisha, who runs a self-help group. He said, “The women of this group craft many things like baskets and mobile stands from milk pouches and other plastic packing materials. This is becoming a good source of income for them along with ensuring cleanliness. If we resolve, we can make a huge contribution towards a clean India. At least we all should take a pledge to replace plastic bags with cloth bags. You will see, how much satisfaction your resolution will give you and also inspire other people.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship address, Mann Ki Baat, first aired on October 3, 2014, will turn 100 on April 30, 2023. During these 99 episodes, PM Modi has mentioned over 700 Indians and around 300 organizations, all of whom are doing exceptional work. The radio program not just reflected the mood of the nation but brought to light citizen action for positive change.
Swachh Bharat Mission is very close to the Hon’ble PM’s heart and it has often found a special mention in Mann Ki Baat episodes. Whether it was the Yuva Swachhta Evam Janseva Samiti or the Youth for Parivartan, whether it was Kamala Moharana from Kendrapada or Manoj Bainjwal from Rudra Prayag, no contribution has gone unheard. Highlighting the contributions of the youth in Haryana’s Bhiwani, the PM mentioned in his Mann Ki Baat episode on 26th Feb., 2023, that a cleanliness campaign by the youth of Bhiwani, Haryana caught his attention, who decided to make his city exemplary in terms of cleanliness.
Pressing upon E-Waste, PM pointed out in the 97th episode that, E-Waste if not disposed of properly, can harm the environment. But, if done carefully, it can become a great force in the Circular Economy of Recycle and Reuse. Hon’ble PM mentioned quite a few E-Waste recyclers. Be it E-Parisaraa of Bengaluru who developed an indigenous technology for extracting precious metals from Printed Circuit Boards or Ecoreco from Mumbai who developed a system to collect E-Waste through a Mobile App or be it Kabadiwala, all have found mentions in PM’s popular radio show. Lauding their efforts, PM said that, “All of them are helping to make India a Global Recycling Hub.”
As Mann Ki Baat turns 100 on 30th April, 2023, the invigorating stories of swachhata warriors continue to inspire and motivate all to walk.