PM Modi calls for replacing imported products, become ‘vocal for local’

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New Delhi (NVI): In his last ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address for this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Indians must use domestically made products to replace imported products and become ‘vocal for local’.

He said that the Indians should make it a new year resolution to adopt make domestically made products as a part of their lives.

“The people of India have taken many steps forward and are getting vocal for local. Our manufacturers are also thinking about making top quality products. This will boost the efforts towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” PM Modi said in his monthly radio address.

He reiterated his government’s plan to become “self-reliant” in manufacturing. At the same time, the PM urged the manufacturers and industry leaders of the country to ensure their products are world-class as the mantra of ‘Vocal for Local’ is resonating in every house.

“I appeal to you to make a list of goods of daily use and analyse which imported articles have unconsciously become a part of our lives and made us their captive. Let us find out their Indian alternatives and resolves to use products produced by the hard work of Indians,” he said.

Addressing the nation through 72nd edition of ‘Mann ki Baat’, the Prime Minister said that the nation has developed new capabilities due to coronavirus.

“Due to coronavirus, the supply chains got disrupted the world over but we learnt new lessons from each crisis. The nation also developed new capabilities. We can call this capability ‘Atmanirbharata’ or self-reliance,” he said.

“It is the right time to work with the ethics of ‘Zero Effect, Zero Defect’. I call upon our manufacturers and industry leaders that when people have taken determined step forward and when the mantra of ‘Vocal for Local’ is resonating in every house, it is time to ensure that our products are world-class. The Global best must be manufactured in India. For this, our entrepreneurs and startups must come forward,” he said.

The PM also talked about Kashmiri saffron, saying that it is very unique, and entirely different from the saffron found in other countries. He explained how Kashmiri saffron was able to claim its rightful space in the global market after it received a geographical indication (GI) tag this year.