Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, during popular Mann ki Baat radio programme, sought ideas from citizens about the topics he should focus on during his Independence Day speech.
He said while addressing the nation, “I am the first Prime Minister of the country born after Independence.. I seek your ideas for my address on 15th August. Please share them on the Mobile App or My Gov,” the PM urged.
Modi added that people can also use the App to wish the athletes representing India at the Rio Olympic Games. He said I would love to be a postman to send the Indian Olympics squad; it’s country's best wishes.
“Winning or losing is important, sure, but to even get to this point is a huge accomplishment. Therefore we must give our best wishes to all the sportspersons in the squad,” the PM said.
The PM also took the opportunity to announce a new scheme under which pregnant women will get a free medical check-up on the ninth of every month.
"We have started the Prime Minister's Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan, under which a free check-up will be given to pregnant women on the 9th of every month in government health centres," Modi said.
"Thousands of doctors have agreed to my request for this, but in a big country like India, lakhs of doctors should join this campaign," the PM urged.
On a separate but related medical note, the PM also cautioned against the excessive use of antibiotics. "Stop taking antibiotics without consulting the doctor. This shortcut should not be used. It can only give you momentary relief," PM Modi said.
The PM also expressed his sorrow at the lives lost during floods during this monsoon season. "The state governments and the centre are working closely to help the flood-affected people, he said. In relation to the climate, the PM also addressed the issue of climate change.