First of all I wish to congratulate all the countrymen on one more important achievement of our scientists. ISRO has successfully launched PSLV-C40 sometime ago.
PSLV has installed total 31 satellites in the space including a satellite of Cartosat-2 series. 28 satellites of the total satellites are of foreign countries. Today, ISRO has made one more record. It has scored a century of satellite launches.
ISRO’s success today will help the country’s farmers, fishermen and scientists in getting the ground level information. This success will further pave the way for a New India.
Once again I extend my best wishes to ISRO and its scientists who have always made the country proud and contributed in the country’s economic development.
Our scientists have given an invaluable gift to the country in the New Year and on the occasion of birth anniversary of Vivekananda and National Youth Day.
Friends, I really wanted to talk to you people in person,
This mini-India that has gathered in Greater Noida, it’s presenting a grand view of Ek Bharat and Shreshtha Bharat (One India and Great India), I wanted to have an audience with this mini-India in person.
However, due to some engagements, I am getting connected with you people through technology.
I always make an effort to get the complete information about this kind of programmes i.e. what all happened in the programme, what issues were discussed and what was the outcome if I am not able to reach in this kind of programmes in person. I will also try to gather all the information about the issues discussed by you people here.
Friends!National Youth Festival is getting start today. I wish, I praise all the youths and institutions who have won National Youth Awards.
I’ve been told that a lot of programmes will be organised here in the next four days. National Youth Parliament will also be organised. This time in Mann Ki Baatprogramme I have mooted the idea of organizing a mock parliament in every district of the country. In a way, this is in series of that idea.
This is an excellent opportunity to deliberate and make pledges on the issues of a New India. This is the 22nd festival and I would expect that in your deliberations this issue should also be discussed that when the 25th youth festival will be celebrated then what will be its outline,What kind of pledges will be made? Where will we reach by preparing a roadmap?
Similarly, when the country will celebrate 75 years of its independence in 2022,then in what way the youth festival will be celebrated. You people should also discuss this thing. I am hopeful that whatever experiences you will get in these four days that will guide you for the rest of your life, which will provide you direction for the rest of your life.
My young friends, this time the theme for youth festival is: getting success by making pledge. You must have heard these words several times in the last 6-7 months. Sankalp Se Siddhi (Success by making pledges), what it is all about?
It’s not a mobile App which is being downloaded, installed and it starts running. That is why today I would discuss with you people about the pledge and its realisation in great detail.
What is ‘pledge’ all about? What is to be achieved?
Friends, our country will complete 75 years of its independence in 2022. You would have read about the freedom struggle in books only. I myself have heard or read about the freedom struggle. There may be difference in our ages but in this regard I’m not different from you people.
My young friends, we had not participated in the freedom struggle so it’s our responsibility to realize those dreams that were dreamt of by those freedom fighters.
It is the responsibility of all of us to fulfill the dream of making that kind of India that our brave freedom fighters used to dream when British police used to lash them and they used to suffer all kind of tortures in those dark jail cells. When we will imagine those dreams, those concepts then we will be able to make a pledge for making the India of their dreams. What kind of India it will be, this New India will be? When you people go to the bed tonight after participating in the day long programmes today then think over them for some time.
You should reflect on what is happening around you that you wish to change.
What is that thing about which you always think which was not right and which must be changed. When you were coming here by train or when you were in school, college or in home or were in your locality and then you have thought that something was not right and it must be changed, you should think about that issue tonight as well. You should reflect on those issues that caught your attention but faded away, you should remember VivekanandaJi and I can say this thing with confidence that whatever you had experienced, whatever thing pained you and you had thought about changing that thing and if you are able to connect with that thing tonight then that wish will become your solemn pledge. Tonight, on the 12th of January those issues will become your solemn pledges. That thing will not become your pledge for sharing with others or for gaining any publicity but it will be your solemn pledge to yourself and it will be for starting that work once again from the tomorrow morning.
Friends, the university campus where you are present now has been named after Gautam Buddha.
The city where you are present – Greater Noida – it is also Gautam Buddha Nagar and therefore I will share a small story related to Gautam Buddha. It’s a small incident, not a big one.
Once a disciple of Lord Buddha asked him, whether every disciple initiated by him, would be able to attain the salvation. Lord Buddha replied – No, only a few will get it.
Some will not get the salvation. The disciple asked why was so? Then the Lord said only those who would properly understand his teachings will be able to attain the salvation and rest of them will keep wandering.
Friends, you will get the same knowledge from the same teacher but how do you receive that, what kind of pledges you yourself make these things will determine your success or failure.
Look, both Pandavas and Kauravas had the same Guru.
Both of them got the same kind of education but how different were their personalities and deeds? It was because of the values of Kauravas and Pandavas were different. You will meet a lot of people who will guide you in your journey of life but you alone will have to decide that after getting knowledge what path you will have to follow, what kind of pledges you will have to make.
This is the essence of Gautam Buddha’s philosophy of AppaDeepoBhav. Become your own lamp, become your own light. Nobody will be there to make you take a pledge.
Nobody will be there to remind you. Whatever you have to do, you will have to do that yourself.
Brothers and sisters, Swami Vivekananda used to say that a ‘youth is who works in the direction of his future objectives without being concerned about the past’. Whatever the young people like you do today, that thing will determine the direction of the future of the country. Therefore whatever solemn pledges that you will make today, those solemn pledges after realisationwill make the country successful.
There was a famous lyricist in Uttar Pradesh, he had written a lot in films – his name is ShrimanMazroohSultanpuri. One of his couplets is:
‘I started off alone towards my destination but the people kept joining and it turned into a caravan.’
Friends, everybody will have to start off alone at some point of time or the other.
If you have a clear conscience, if you have a clear objective and strong determination then people will automatically start getting associated with you. Today, I have the same expectation from you that you should not waver before taking your first step, you should not waver before making a new start after making a solemn pledge, and you should just make a solemn pledge and start off.
The entire government, the entire country is by your side in every possible manner in your journey. I would like that those youth who want to do something on their own, who want to realize their dreams due to their hard work, they should get every kind of help.
When they start off then they should not worry about the bank guarantee, they should not worry about tax liability and they should not worry about the multitude of paper work.
I expect that the youth of my country should become job creator, it should come forward for innovation and that is why continuous work is being done in this direction.
Friends, our government has approved loans to 10 crore borrowers under the Prime Minister Mudra Scheme. A figure of 10 crore is very huge.
These people have been provided loans worth Rs. 4 lakh crore without any bank guarantee. Just imagine, an amount of Rs. 4 lakh crore has been disbursed to these people without any bank guarantee, without asking how these loans will be repaid.
People have started their own small businesses in villages, in towns, in cities and in rural areas. They have been realising their dreams. These people, these small and medium entrepreneurs are now becoming the employment providers.
Brothers and sisters, there is only one basis for this massive scheme of the government – faith in you people, trust on the youth of the country. We are confident that when the youth of this country determines something then he can do wonders.These kinds of youth who are full of energy are present in every corner of the country. Someone is producing electricity from the small waterfalls in mountains, someone is producing electricity from waste and someone else is producing the construction material from the waste material, someone is providing health services in villages by using technology, and someone else has set up a food processing unit in his farm. These kinds of millions of youth have been working day and night for nation building.
You have courage and you also have the wisdom to move in the right direction. That is why the government is making efforts to hold your hands. A little bit of support and rest you people are capable on your own.
Friends, the government is also paying attention to this thing that people can get skill training as per the requirement of modern times.
This is for the first time that any government has shown this kind of seriousness with regard to skill development. Otherwise earlier people used to become silent when they were asked about the difference between skill and education.
Brothers and sisters, just reading this thing in the books that how to fly a plane and understanding it’s finer details in the book is education. However, flying a plane in real life is skill. If someone just gets the education but no skills then it’s difficult to get employment.
That is why we have been moving ahead by focusing on skill development. It has been ensured that youths are skilled in addition to getting education.
Millions of youths have been trained under the Skill India Mission. The government has been setting up Prime Minister Skill Development Centers across the country. India International Skill Centers have also been set up. The work is ongoing for establishing hundreds of multi-skill training institutes. This is for the first time when the financial assistance is being given to those companies which have been providing apprenticeship to youth. A part of the apprenticeship amount paid by the companies to students has been reimbursed by the government.
Under the national apprenticeship scheme more than 7 lakh youths have been registered so far. The government has a target of providing apprenticeship training to 50 lakh youths in the next two-three years. The work to provide training to youth under the Prime Minister Youth Scheme has been done in more than three thousand institutes.
It is the effort of the government to provide training to the youth as per the requirement of the country, as per the requirement of our industry. The skills of people are also being developed while keeping the requirement of foreign countries in the mind.
Friends, I have full confidence in the youth of the country, I have full faith in the power of youth power, in the energy of young people of the country. If the dreams of the country reside somewhere then these are the hearts of the youth of the country.
That is why we have focused our attention on that.
Friends, some people say that today’s youth are impatient. But I say that precisely this thing becomes the cause of innovation in the young generation.
There should be patience in life, impatient life is also not correct but this kind of patience is also not required that a person can’t think about new things and the life becomes stagnant. There is a lack of patience that is why today’s youth has been working at a fast pace, they are innovating and also producing results.
Your innovations are related to social concerns be it Clean India Mission or BetiBachao-BetiPadhao project or be it Waste to Wealth. Nobody can have a better understanding than you people about the challenges and problems surrounding you. The government has started Atal Innovation Mission while keeping this capacity of you people for innovation in the mind. Emphasis has been placed on creating an eco-system for innovation in the schools and colleges of the country. Establishment of nearly 2,500 Atal Tinkering Labs across the country has been sanctioned to increase the scientific temper in the students and also to provide the right direction to their creativity.
Atal Incubation Centers have been set up to encourage the innovation-entrepreneurship in sectors like manufacturing, transport, energy, agriculture, water and sanitation. These centers will provide financial assistance to start-ups and will also guide them in the right direction.
Brothers and sisters, the start-up India programme is becoming the basis of start-up revolution in the country. The government has set up a start-up fund with an amount of Rs. 10,000 crore.
Credit guarantee and tax exemptions are being given to the new start-ups. Government is providing legal assistance to them so that they can get their innovations patented. I am giving you this information because this information will help you to move ahead after you graduate from your colleges.
Today, whatever resolutions you people will make this information will help you inrealising them. No one will stop you to start your company or your start-up while you are completing your education. At that time you will get help from these initiatives of the government.
Brothers and sisters, it is not necessary that everyone in the world will makeprogress only when they get facilities. Today so many foreign companies are being managed by the youth who went from India. They are presidents, chairman and CEOs of those companies. They have left their indelible impressions on these companies. Have they straight away reached to those positions? No. Have they straight away got those high offices on the lines of dynastic style of politics? No. They have worked hard. They have struggled.
They had their dreams, they took risk and they had shed sweat day and night only then they had reached there.
Indian youths have that capability that wherever they have gone they have brought laurels for the country and for themselves. You have seen that just two days ago Anchal Thakur has won the first international medal for India so far in the sports of skiing. A few days ago Manushi Chhillar had brought laurels for the country.
I believe that those who are on social media they will be certainly taking the updates on daily basis about where those six daughters have reached who have set off to circumnavigate the world. These are different voyages of achieving successes by making solemn pledges and they have been becoming a source of inspiration for everyone.
Friends, today, I will also urge you to make sports a part of your life.
RajyavardhanJi present on dais now and I believe that he is a minister later but first he is an Olympian, and a wonderful shooter.
Even otherwise, our courageous, go-getter young chief minister Shriman Yogi Ji is no less a sportsperson. These days a lot of people in many states have been facing a tough time due to his work. I have seen that our Yogi Ji has been playing twitter-twitter these days and he has beaten a lot of experts in the field of twitter. Anyway, if I focus on sports onlythen sport, in a way, is a medium for getting education which not only makes the body energetic but which also revives your mind. We learn discipline from sports.
Playground teaches us the meaning of defeat. Playgrounds teach us to work extremely hard to achieve our target. What is the meaning of team spirit, we learn this thing for the first time in a play ground. Whether we win or lose but the sportsmen spirit that we learn in the playground that remains with us throughout our lives. That is why I say that: who played, they flourished as well. You people should also play hard and flourish abundantly.
You people should also include Yoga in your lives along with sports. I have been told that you people will do Yoga daily in this youth festival. You people should go back with this practice. You will become physically and mentally strong due to Yoga.
My friends, please come forward, develop yourself and expand your personalities.
In this youth festival your friends those who have come from different states, you should mingle with them, you should talk to them a lot, please understand them and their languages, understand their eating habits and their way of living.
My experience suggests that whatever you people will learn in this youth festival, whatever relations that you will develop, these things will remain with you, will be of use to you people for the rest of your life.
Friends, this is also a resolution that will help to achieve Ek Bharat and Shreshtha Bharat (One India and Great India).
Friends, our respected ShrimanAtalBihari Vajpayee Ji used to say: ‘We will have to take the journey of our public life to the pinnacle of success our objectives by working shoulder to shoulder, by taking steps together and the India of future depends on our efforts and our hard work.’
Please come forward, all of us together, youth of the country by working together, and 1.25 billion people should work extremely hard together to put our energy in nation building and we should make a New India.
While wishing all of you once again on the occasion of youth day and youth festival and while again remembering Swami Vivekananda, and also the path shown by him, the path of social harmony, the path for getting rid of the concept of superior and inferior which was shown by him, the path of living and dying for the country which was shown by him, and on the occasion of birth anniversary of such a great soul I conclude my speech with these wishes that you people march ahead with the inspiration, capability and determination of youth.
Thank you very much.
I congratulate all those winning the National Youth Awards: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 12, 2018
During #MannKiBaat in December 2017, I had called for organising mock parliaments in our districts. Such mock parliaments will further the spirit of discussion among our youth: PM @narendramodi https://t.co/zzH28VTxdh— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 12, 2018
We are born after 1947 thus, we did not have the honour to take part in the freedom struggle. But, we have the opportunity to fulfil the dreams of the great men and women who devoted their lives for our freedom: PM @narendramodi https://t.co/zzH28VTxdh— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 12, 2018
Some people will tell you- today's youth does not have 'Dhairya.' In a way, this is what ignites an innovative zeal in our youth. It enables our youngsters to think out of the box and do new things: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 12, 2018
I urge you all to make sports a part of your lives: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 12, 2018