‘Use ‘tiranga’ as profile picture from Aug 2-15 on SM accounts’
*Farmer excited, says he’s going to work hard now
JAMMU, July 31: A man from Palli Panchayat village in Samba district found mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address today. His training in breeding queen bee was mentioned as a success story by compatriots along with others.
Modi had visited Palli Panchayat on April 24 this year on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Diwas and addressed a massive public gathering there, including representatives of the Panchayati Raj institutions.
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Palli had then come into the limelight because all the houses were powered by solar energy.
“Vinod Kumar keeps bees in more than one and a half thousand colonies in Palli village in Jammu. He received training last year in raising the queen bee,” Modi said in his radio address.
He said that Vinod Kumar has earned Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh annually through his work.
“Every time in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ we discuss the successes of the compatriots who put a smile on our faces. When a success story spreads sweet smiles, and tastes sweet too, you can definitely call it the icing on the cake. Today, our farmers perform similar miracles in the production of honey. The sweetness of honey also changes the lives of our farmers and increases their income,” says Modi.
The Prime Minister also mentioned a similar success story of Karnataka farmer Madhukeshwar Hegde who owned more than 800 colonies and sells tons of honey after taking advantage of subsidy from the Indian government for 50 bee colonies.
He also referred to another beekeeper friend, Subash Kamboj from Yamunanagar, Haryana, who received a scientific training in beekeeping, started working with only six boxes and nowadays is engaged in beekeeping using about 2000 boxes while his bee contributes to many states is provided.
Vinod Kumar of Palli Panchayat cheered when his name was mentioned by the prime minister.
He told the Excelsior on the phone from his village that he had heard ‘Mann Ki Baat’ because he had a tendency that his name could appear in the Prime Minister’s episode to be broadcast on All India Radio today.
“I was excited. The excitement was greater when the prime minister actually mentioned my name and my beekeeping company,” said Kumar, adding that he will now work harder.
He claimed that he has been in beekeeping for the past 27 years and said that the trade has now gained momentum and that he also employs 10-15 people who work during the peak season while the numbers fall during the lean period.
“Everyone should be working. Whatever the work is. All have to work hard to earn a living. My ‘mantra’ for the people is hard work that will take you to success,” says Kumar, who lives in Palli with his mother, wife and two children.
PTI added: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ is becoming a mass movement and urged people to post ‘tiranga’ as a profile picture on their social media accounts between August 2 and 15.
In his Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast, Modi noted that as part of the program ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, between 13 and 15 August a special campaign ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ is being organised.
He urged people to hoist or display the national flag in their homes during the campaign.
“Let’s promote this movement by hoisting the national flag in our homes,” he said.
Modi also urged people to post tricolor as the profile picture of their accounts on social media (SM) platforms from August 2-15, noting that August 2 is the birthday of Pingali Venkayya who designed the flag.
The prime minister said he was pleased that the Mahotsav is taking the form of a mass movement, with people from all walks of life and from all walks of life participating in various programs across the country.
“When India completes 75 years of independence, we will all witness a wonderful and historic moment,” he said, referring to August 15.
It is the luck of the present generation to witness the 75th anniversary of the Independence Day.
“If we were born in the era of slavery, how could we have imagined this day,” he said, claiming that the greatest message that emerges from all the events organized in the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav ‘ is that compatriots do their duty with complete devotion.
“Only then will we be able to fulfill the dream of those countless freedom fighters and build the India of their dreams,” he said.
That is why this ‘Amrit Kaal’ of our next 25 years is ‘Kartavyakaal’, a time of service for every citizen.
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to Udham Singh on his death anniversary today.
Noting that there are many train stations associated with the history of the freedom movement, Modi said 75 of them have been identified in 24 states and will host various programs.
Modi also praised Indian athletes for performing “exceptionally well” at several international events and said July was action-packed when it comes to sports.
Ace shuttle PV Sindhu has won her first title of Singapore Open, while Neeraj Chopra also continued his outstanding performance and won the silver medal for the country at the World Athletics Championship, he said.
He also mentioned the performance of Indian players in various tournaments.
An Indian team, full of youthful enthusiasm, will represent the country at the Commonwealth Games, he said.
“I am also pleased that India will also host the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup. This tournament will be held around October, which will increase the country’s daughters’ enthusiasm for sports,” he said.