Govt To Launch Action Plan For Start Up India, Stand Up India On Jan 16: PM Modi

27 December, New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday announced that the government will on January 16, launch the action plan for Start Up India and Stand Up India, the initiatives to help young entrepreneurs, especially from the disadvantaged section, he had announced on August 15 this year.

Speaking in his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on the New Year eve at the All India Radio, the Prime Minister appealed to banks to come out and help the young people in setting up their business, stressing the need to change the life of the poor.

”On that day, I will be face to face with you,” Modi said, underlining that the Start Up India, and Stand Up India should not be restricted to only urban areas, but should encompass the areas untouched by development as talent was there in every part of the country.

He said all the youths and students in different IITs, IIMs, and NITs would be involved in the launch of the Action Plan through tele-conferencing.

The Prime Minister, who began his talk wishing all in the coming New Year peace, happiness, freedom from terror, global warming and natural and man-made disasters, noted that the country was moving forwards and making its presence felt in the comity of world, as was proved by global participation in the International Yoga day.He made special mention of how ordinary people were making great difference to the lot of the country by their individual efforts.

In this connection, he spoke of one Dilip Singh Malviaya in Bhojpura village of Sihore district of Madhya Pradesh, who is a mason by profession and constructed 100 toilets free of charge in his village, making a great contribution to the Clean India programme. Modi also pointed out how even the disabled people were making a big contribution to society through their talent, which he said ”we do not realise that they have.”

”In fact, these people are blessed with some extra divine power as a compensation for their physical disability” the Prime Minister said and made a strong appeal for calling these people ‘Divyang’ (blessed with divine strength), instead of ‘Viklang’ (disabled).

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