New Delhi: While addressing the nation on Sunday through the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the issue of undisclosed assets in the country and the Emergency while praising the historic achievements of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Showering praises on ISRO's achievement first, Modi said that the scientists in the country were working as hard as the farmers and expressed how special the work of students were to him in the building of two satellites. "Academic satellite is a classic example of high ambitions of Indian youth," said the Prime Minister.
Speaking on women and girls empowerment under the government, Modi said that the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' had become the 'Mann ki Baat' of every Indian citizen. The PM said that he was proud about the induction of women fighter pilots into the Indian Air Force and said he congratulates their families.
"International Yoga Day was celebrated at over 1 lakh places in our country with enthusiasm," said Modi, who invited citizens to share their experience on 'Yoga fight diabetes'.
Sharing his remarks on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal comparison of the AAP MLA arrest to the Emergency, the PM said that the night of 25-26th June 1975 was the darkest night for democracy. "We must not forget that our power is democracy, out power lies in every citizen's strength," Modi said.
PM Modi also urged people to disclose their full assets instead of hiding information from the government. "People with undisclosed assets have an opportunity to declare their assets before 30th September," the PM said.
"In a country where a govt employee donates Rs 5000 every month out of his monthly pension of Rs 16000, nobody has the right evade taxes," said the PM. The PM said that he had received 52 post-dated cheques from retired govt employee Chandrakant Kulkarni as a donation for 'Swachh Bharat'.