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New Delhi : PM Narendra Modi in the 46th episode of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on AIR on July 29, 2018, lauded two USA based IT professionals from Rae Bareilly in UP : Yogesh Sahu and Rajneesh Bajpayee, for their joint efforts in developing a SmartGaonApp by utilising their professional skills.

This App is not only connecting the villagers with the whole world but now they can obtain any information on their own mobile phones, he said. ” Residents of the village Taudhakpur in Rae Bareilly, village chief, District Magistrate, CDO and every one joined in to create awareness amongst the masses,” the PM said. This App is actually bringing in a Digital Revolution at the village as with the help of this App, it has become easier to record, track and monitor developmental work being done there, PM Modi said. 

“It so happened that once I was interacting with Indian youth in San Jose town of America hailed as a Technology Hub. I had appealed to those young people to think over how could they use their talent to India’s benefit and do something in that direction whenever they found time. I had made an appeal to change brain-drain into brain-gain. Two IT Professionals from Rae Bareilly Yogesh Sahu ji and Rajneesh Bajpayee ji accepted my challenge and made a unique attempt. This App contains phone directory, News section, events list, health centre and information centre of the village. This App is very useful for the farmers and the grammar feature of the App and FACT rate among the farmers functions like a market place for their products,” the PM said.

“If you look into this incident minutely, one thing will strike you and that is the young man living in America adhering to that country’s life-style and ideology, who left India many years ago but, knows the finer details about his village, knows about the challenges and still is emotionally attached to his village,” he said.

But, sometimes because of time, sometimes because of distance and at times because of situations that spirit gets faded but just with a touch of a tiny spark, everything re-emerges which takes one back to old memories, the PM said. ” We should also check if such a thing has happened in our case too whether circumstances, situations, distances have made us alien, whether dust has gathered over our determinations,” he said.

The PM urged people to celebrate Ganesh Utsav with great enthusiasm and fervour but insisted on keeping these celebrations eco-friendly. “Right from Ganesh idol to all decorative material everything ought to be eco friendly and I will appreciate that separate competitions be organized in each city, prizes be awarded for these, and I will like that eco friendly items related to Ganesh Utsav are displayed for wider publicity on My Gov and Narendra Modi App,” PM Modi said.

“My dear countrymen, news of abundant rainfall has been steadily coming in. At places, we are hearing of rising concerns on account of excessive showers; at some places, people are anxiously waiting for the rains to begin. The vastness and diversity of India, in fact, at times even rains play hide & seek through partiality laced likes & dislikes. But why should we blame the rains! After all it was humankind that chose the path of conflict with nature and consequently earnt her periodic wrath. And that is why it becomes our collective responsibility… Let us be lovers of nature, protectors of nature, conservers of nature… and thus, ensure spontaneous balance in her myriad bounty,” the PM said.

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