Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the people of the country to raise and buy locally-made products all over the festival season. Addressing the nation through Mann Ki Baat, he also listed a unique success story.
The prime minister talked approximately Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir which is emerging as a hub for making pencils.
“Today, Pulwama is playing the most important role in educating all the nation. Today, whether the students across the nation do their homework, prepare paper money, it is on account of the tough work of the people of Pulwama,” PM Modi said in his 70th Mann Ki Baat address.
“Nearly 90 per cent of the demand for pencil slate in the country is met by the Kashmir Valley. And Pulwama has a big share in that. At one time, we used to import the wood for pencils, but now, Pulwama is making the country self-reliant in this field,” he added.
PM Modi said that the Chinar wood in the Kashmir Valley has high moisture satisfied and softness which makes it most suitable for the production of pencils.
“Oukhoo in Pulwama is referred to as the ‘Pencil Village’. There are lots of units busy in the production of pencil slates which are generating employment. And in these units, women are working in large numbers. Pulwama earned this distinct identity when locals here determined to do something novel. They took risk and committed themselves to it,” said PM Modi.
“I appreciate the brothers and sisters of Pulwama and their families who are making invaluable contribution in educating young minds of India,” the prime minister added.
In his monthly radio address, PM Modi wished people on Dussehra and said that with more than a few festivals coming up, they wish to show patience and follow health guidelines in the wake of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
He also paid glowing tributes to India’s first home minister Sardar Patel, whose birth anniversary falls on October 31, and asked people to work for the country’s unity through their words and deeds.
Pm Modi also remembered former prime minister Indira Gandhi, whose death anniversary is on October 31.