We are ensuring the VIP culture is removed from the minds of the select few "VIPs". "Generally speaking, in our country there exists an atmosphere of disdain towards VIP culture".
Ban On Red Beacons Aimed At Ending VIP Culture Mindset has come into force and Ministers and officials in the Central government will not be able to use red beacons on their official vehicles from today.
"The red beacon had become a symbol of VIP culture which has penetrated deeply into our minds". So the government banned the use of red beacon atop the vehicle of ministers no matter how prominent leaders they are, ' the Prime Minister said. "The red beacon now has gone for good but nobody can say with certainty that the same in the mindset has also disappeared", Modi said. "We should accept the importance of 125 crore Indians", said Modi, asking people to collectively strive to flush out the VIP culture.
The red beacon or laal batti, signifies influence and privilege for those in power. "If we all make concerted efforts jointly, this also can go".
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi said that new India is not about VIP but about EPI- Every Person is Important.
Stressing that if every person is considered important in a country of 1.25 billion people, he said India can achieve great things.
Under the scheme, a person can earn Rs. 10 every time he or she introduces BHIM to another person and that person undertakes three digital transactions. "We have to do this together".
Modi went on to speak about the sparrow conservation efforts of the Bohra Muslim community. Talk about how students should spend their vacations. 'Youth should be adventurous and travel for at least 24 hours in unreserved railway compartment and try to learn from the experiences. "This experience will teach you a lot". They can take up a new hobby like learning to swim or draw.
Modi exhorted young people to use their upcoming summer breaks to "have new experiences, see new places and learn new skills".
The Prime Minister said that the satellite launch is an example of the government's maxim of "sabkasaath, sabkavikas" and it is not limited to just the confines of India.
"I congratulate the citizens of Gujarat and Maharashtra".
"Natural resources mapping, tele medicine, the field of education, deeper IT connectivity or fostering people-to-people contact - this satellite will prove to be a boon in the progress of the entire region", he said, describing it an important step by India to enhance cooperation with South Asia.