New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that the government would release action plan for its 'Starup India, Stand up India' campaign on January 16 next year.
Speaking in the 15th edition of Man ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the nation to address the persons with disabilities as 'divyaang', meaning divine body, saying they are endowed with extraordinary power in certain other ways.
The Prime Minister also spoke about the recently launched Accessible India programme to make transport, hospitals, school buildings, parkings and lifts disabled friendly.
He also recounted a phone call by Ahmedabad resident Dilip Chauhan telling the Prime Minister how he celebrated Accessible India in his school.
The Prime Minister also took the opportunity launch a campaign for the upcoming Republic Day to espouse the people to think and write something about duties which are enshrined in the Constitution.
He asked students in schools and colleges and members of society to organise essay competitions, debates and poem recitals on duties of a citizen and also share their views through myGov.in website.
He also expressed satisfaction over the successful implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme.
Prime Minister Modi said that nearly forty thousand crore rupees have reached beneficiaries' accounts under various schemes. Noting that DBT is the largest programme of its kind in the world, the Prime Minister said, 35 to 40 schemes are being included under the DBTinitiative. It has found its place in Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest scheme of direct benefit transfer.
He highlighted the need to pay attention to cleanliness in India's tourist destinations.
"I am pleased to note that we keep on getting news regarding cleanliness drive. There is a need to pay attention to cleanliness in our tourist destinations. I thank media for highlighting positive stories about cleanliness from different parts of the country," he said.
"We believe in "Atithi Devo Bhava", we clean our house when guests come over. Then why won't we clean our tourist destinations.
Greater the cleanliness of our tourist destination, brighter will be the image of India in the world," he added.
He also talked about electricity reaching new villages.
(With ANI inputs)