Prime Minister Modi addresses the nation in his Mann Ki Baat program on AIR; expresses satisfaction with the growth of digital payments in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed his satisfaction that the culture of digital payments is growing in India. Addressing the nation on his Mann Ki Baat program on All India Radio, Mr Modi said UPI has quickly become a part of the country’s economy as people transact through UPI even in villages remote areas and small towns. He said that digital transactions worth Rs 20,000 crore are done every day in the country. In March, UPI transactions reached around Rs 10 lakh crore.

The Prime Minister pointed out that many new Fin-tech related start-ups are also emerging in the country. Mr. Modi gave the example of Sagarika and Preksha, who experienced Cashless Day Out in Delhi. Both used digital payments for spending throughout the day. He said girls could pay through online transactions, even at roadside stalls. He also mentioned Anandita Tripathi from Ghaziabad who wrote to him to tell him that she had traveled across the northeast and was able to enjoy the benefits of digital transactions even in remote areas.

The Prime Minister said technology is changing the lives of ordinary people. He said technology has made life easier for people in Divyang and allowed them to reach new heights. He said the government is constantly striving to make resources and infrastructure accessible to people with disabilities. Mr Modi said there are many start-ups and organizations doing inspiring work in this direction. He mentioned one such organization – Voice of Specially Capped People, which promotes new opportunities in assistive technology. Voice of Specially Abled People prepared a digital art gallery of paintings by Divyang artists.

Addressing the topic of water conservation, the Prime Minister said the country is moving forward with the resolution to conserve water in the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. During Amrit Mahotsav, 75 Amrit Sarovars will be built in every district of the country. He praised Gram Panchayat Patwai of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh where local people helped transform a dirty pond.

Mr Modi said the availability or scarcity of water determines the progress and speed of any country. He quoted the scriptures and said that water is the basis of life for every living thing and water is also the greatest resource. He added that saving water and building ponds have been referred to as social and spiritual duty in the Vedas and Puranas. In Valmiki Ramayana, special emphasis has been placed on water conservation and the connection of water sources. Mr Modi said that even during the Indus-Saraswati and Harappan civilizations, an interconnected system of water sources existed.

Prime Minister Modi cited the example of Maldhari, Rann tribe of Kutch who use a method called Vridas for water conservation. Below, small wells are built and trees are planted nearby to protect it. Similarly, he said, the Bhil tribe of Madhya Pradesh uses their tradition – Halma for water conservation. Under this, people come together in one place to find solutions to water-related problems. Mr Modi asked people to pledge to conserve water in the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

The Prime Minister said that the country’s new Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya has sparked a lot of curiosity among the people. The Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya was dedicated to the nation on April 14, the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar. He mentioned Sarthak of Gurugram who wrote to him saying that he had discovered many new and hitherto unknown facts about the lives of leaders like Lal Bahadur Shastri and Morarji Desai at the Museum. Mr Modi said there could be no better time to remember the contribution of the country’s prime ministers than the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. He exuded pride that the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav was taking the form of a mass movement.

The Prime Minister also asked listeners about their general knowledge of the country’s museums. He asked listeners to share the answers on the NaMo app or on social media with #MuseumQuiz. He expressed his joy that many people showed up and donated to the museums. Many people donate their old collections, as well as historical items, to museums. Mr. Modi appreciated all these individual efforts. International Museum Day will be celebrated around the world on May 18. The Prime Minister urged people to visit a local museum and share their experience with #MuseumMemories.

The Prime Minister also mentioned mathematics in this edition of Mann Ki Baat. He said Indians have given the most research and contributions in the field of mathematics. He gave the example of the discovery of zero and its importance. Since
Calculus to computers – all scientific inventions are based on zero. Mr Modi pointed out that every scientific principle is expressed by a mathematical formula, be it Newton’s laws or Einstein’s famous equation. He said that scientists are now discussing the theory of everything while Indian sages have always imagined such an expansion of scientific understanding with the help of mathematics. Mr. Modi said that the CEO of the Intel company had recently given him a painting where an Indian method of calculation or measurement was represented through the avatar Vamana. Mr Modi added that sages like Acharya Pingala postulated the binary system and mathematicians like Aryabhatta and Ramanujan worked on the principles of mathematics.

Mr Modi appeased students who find maths a difficult subject, saying math has never been a difficult subject for Indians. He said a big reason for this is Vedic mathematics. He said that the credit for modern day Vedic mathematics goes to Bharati Krishna Tirtha Maharaj who revived the old methods of calculation and named them Vedic mathematics.

The Prime Minister spoke with Gaurav Tekriwal of Kolkata who has been pushing the Vedic mathematics movement forward for the past two and a half decades. Mr. Gaurav explained how Vedic math can turn complex math into fun. Mr Modi urged all parents to teach Vedic mathematics to their children.

Prime Minister greeted people in advance for Eid, Akshaya Tritiya, birthday of Bhagwan Parashuram and Vaishakh Budh Purnima. He said that all these festivals emphasize restraint, purity, charity and harmony. He urged people to follow all COVID protocols, such as wearing masks and washing their hands.