While addressing the nation in the latest episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to intensify the 'Vocal for Local' initiative to support domestic businesses this festival season.
Modi said that during the past years, a new resolution of the country has also been associated with our festivals.
"You all know, this is the resolution of 'Vocal for Local'. We now include our local artisans, craftsmen and traders in the joy of festivals. On the occasion of Bapu's birth anniversary on the 2nd of October, we have to take a pledge to intensify this campaign," he said.
PM urged Indians to buy locally made khadi, handloom and handicrafts products. After all, the true joy of this festival is also when everyone becomes a part of it, he said.
"Therefore, we also have to support people associated with the work of local products. A good way is to include these products in whatever gifts we give during the festival," PM added.
Modi also mentioned Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and said that India is onwards with the goal of a self-reliant India. Which, in the real sense, will be a proper tribute to the freedom fighters.
"That's why I request you to break all the records this time to buy these products of Khadi, handloom or handicrafts. We have seen that polythene bags are also being used a lot for packing and packaging during festivals," he added.