New Delhi, Sep 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed the need to spread awareness about dangers of e-cigarettes and called on people to be a part of the exercise, to get rid of single-use plastics on October 2.
Speaking in the latest edition of his Mann ki Baat radio programme, the Prime Minister said also called on people to spread happiness during this festive season. Starting his address, the Prime Minister spoke about the 'Nightingale of India' Lata Mangeshkar and said that she cherished by all Indians with respect and affection from the core of their hearts and said that she has always inspired her.
'There must be hardly any Indian citizen, who does not show deep regard for her, does not revere her. She is elder to most of us and has been witness to myriad phases, different eras the country has passed through. We address her as 'DIDI…Lata Didi. She turns 90 today,' said Mr Modi.
Stressing the need to spread awareness about dangers of e-cigarettes, the Prime Minister said, 'There is a lot of misconception about E-cigarettes that they do not cause harm. However, these E cigarettes are destroying the youth.' He said they were banned to prevent youth from falling for a new way of intoxication. He requested his listeners to stop tobacco consumption and made a case for the Fit India Movement.
Calling for a ban on single-use plastics, the Mr Modi said, "I hope that you all will be a part of the exercise to get rid of single-use plastics on October 2.'
He also paid tribute to Sister Mariam Thresia during his monthly programme, for her contribution to the betterment of the society.
Conveying his best wishes for the festive season, Mr Modi said that with Navratras beginning from today, the atmosphere of festivals will be filled with new energy, new enthusiasm and new resolve.
He pushed for women empowerment in his address, and said "This Diwali, let us celebrate the Bharat ki Lakshmi." (UNI)