New Delhi: Seeking to boost entrepreneurship at the grassroots level, the Action Plan of the ‘Start-up India, Stand-up India’ will be unveiled on January 16 said Prime Minister Narendra Modi through his last radio address for 2015. He urged the states to help spread this campaign across the country’s nook and corner.
He also spoke about how the direct benefit transfer scheme is helping people.
“On 15 August, in my speech I had announced the scheme of ‘start up India, stand up India’. The world doesn’t grow without innovation and opportunity for the youth. The government is going to launch the complete action plan and details on 16 January for the mission,” Modi said. As in all other editions of his Mann ki Baat programme, he spoke in Hindi. (Modi had made the announcement about the campaign in his last Independence Day address)
“We have to make changes according to the need of the country. There is talent across the country but they need the opportunity. ‘Start up India stand up India’ should be spread across the country and I need the help of states for this,” he added.
Institutions including the Indian Institutes for Technology, Indian Institutes of Management and central universities will be connected live through this scheme.
Talking of the advantages of direct benefit transfer, Modi said, “Subsidy is reaching people directly under the world’s largest direct benefit transfer scheme. I feel proud to inform you that this scheme has been given a place in the Guinness book of records.”
He added, “under different schemes around Rs.40,000 crore has been transferred directly to beneficiary bank accounts. This will be extended.”
The Prime Minister also invited suggestions for how the message of the Constitution can be spread. On the 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution, the parliament held a-two day discussion on the Constitution.