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India can become big hub for toy production, time to be vocal about local toys: PM Modi

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NEW DELHI: In his continuing push for AatmaNirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India), Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat address said India could become a big hub of toy production, mentioned how nearly two-thirds of the entries made in the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge was by the youth of tier two and three cities and asked people to adopt an Indian breed dog if they plan to have a pet.

Modi mentioned how a hundred years ago when the Non-cooperation movement started, Mahatma Gandhi had written – “Non-cooperation movement is an effort to make countrymen realise their self-respect and their power”.

“Today, when we are trying to make the country self-reliant, we have to move with full confidence; and make the country self-reliant in every area. A seed that was sown in the form of the Non-cooperation movement, it is now the responsibility of all of us to transform it into banyan tree of self-reliant India,” Modi said.

He also said that the month of September will be observed as a ‘Nutrition month’ and said that in a class, just like there is a Class Monitor, there should be a Nutrition Monitor. “Similarly, just like a Report card, a Nutrition Card should also be introduced,” the PM said. He said the country’s farmers had proven their mettle during the Covid-19 crisis. “This time around in our country, sowing of kharif crops has increased by 7 percent compared to last year. The sowing of paddy has increased by approximately 10 percent, pulses close to 5 percent, coarse cereals almost 3 percent, oilseeds around 13 percent and cotton nearly 3 percent. For this I extend felicitations to the farmers of our country…I salute their perseverance,” the PM said.

Praising the performance of dogs in the security forces, Modi said the armed forces and security forces have many such brave dogs who not only live for the country but also sacrifice themselves for the country. “Such canines have played a very important role in thwarting numerous bomb blasts and terrorist conspiracies,” Modi said. He said Indian breed dogs are also very good and capable and Mudhol Hound and Himachali Hound are of excellent pedigree. “They cost less to raise and are better adapted to the Indian environment and surroundings. Now, our security agencies are also inducting these Indian breed dogs as part of their security squad,” he said.

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