Calling on the nation to embrace Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy, Khadi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday the fabric signified the culture of India and added that it was bound to produce employment in the nation.

“Khadi has the power to provide employment to crores of people. It has now become a symbol and a centre of interest of the nation’s youth,” Modi said in his first ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address in 2016.

“Sardar Patel said India’s independence is in Khadi, India’s civilisation represents Khadi, farmers’ welfare is in Khadi,” he added.

Lauding the people associated with Khadi, he said that the fabric was quickly gaining attention among the youth and was carving a niche for itself in the world of fashion.

In his radio address, Modi also appealed to people to observe two minutes silence on January 30 each year to pay tributes to the martyrs of the nation.

“If the entire nation observes silence every January 30 at 11am, you can imagine the energy that a single moment will generate. It should be made a practice,” Modi said.

He added that the railways ministry, police, navy, Uttarakhand postal service and other government offices had taken up initiatives to promote Khadi.

“Due to the efforts of many government organisations in the field of Khadi, around 18 lakh people can be granted employment,” the Prime Minister said.

Modi also appreciated the efforts of Haryana and Gujarat towards empowerment of the girl child.

“On January 26, the Government schools of Haryana and Gujarat undertook a special step by asking the educated girls to hoist the national flag. This step taken by them is a great example of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Badhao’ scheme.”

“I want to express my greetings to Haryana, as there has been a rapid increase in birth rate of girl child in the state.”

The Prime Minister also appreciated the social transformation that is taking place in the country, saying there has been a huge increase in the number of births of the girl child.

For the first time in 10 years, the sex ratio in Haryana has shown an upward trend, with the sex ratio at birth for December 2015 crossing the 900 mark with 905 girls per 1,000 boys.

The Prime Minister’s praise comes in the backdrop of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar earlier crediting the success of the ambitious ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programme to the state government’s multi-pronged strategy.

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