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New Delhi [India], March 26 (ANI): From 'Elephant Whisperers' to the first woman minister in Nagaland, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out several examples in his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', to showcase the role of India's 'Nari Shakti' in realising India's true potential.

In his 99th Mann Ki Baat address, PM Modi said, "Recently, I met those brave daughters who had gone to Turkiye in the rescue mission after the disastrous earthquake there. They were a part of the NDRF unit. Their courage and efficiency is being talked about in the whole world".

He said that today, India's women are showcasing their valour in all three defence forces.

"Group Captain Shalija Dhami became the first woman air force officer to receive Command Appointment in the Combat Unit. She has a flying experience of close to three thousand hours. Similarly, Captain Shiva Chauhan became the first woman officer to get posted at Siachen. In a region where the temperature falls to minus sixty degrees, Shiva will be posted for three months. India has also appointed a 'Woman only' platoon in the UN Mission" he said.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the two women behind 'The Elephant Whisperers', which became the first Indian production to win an Oscar.

"You all would have definitely seen Surekha Yadav, who became Asia's first loco pilot. She set a precedent by becoming the first woman loco pilot of Vande Bharat Express. In the same month itself, producer Guneet Monga, and Director Kartiki Gonsalves made the whole nation proud, by winning Oscar for their documentary 'Elephant Whisperers".

PM Modi added, "In another achievement for the country, Jyotirmayi Mohanti, the scientist of Bhabha Atomic Centre, has won the special IUPAC award in the field of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. India's women's team also created history by winning the first U-19 T20 World Cup".

He further pointed out that for the first time in history, a woman MLA and minister are holding office in Nagaland.

"If you look at politics, a new start has taken place in Nagaland. For the first time in 75 years, two women MLAs have reached the state assembly. One of them was also made the minister. So, the people of Nagaland got their first woman minister," PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister further pointed out the rising demand for lotus stems in Kashmir, which is known by the local name of 'Nadru'.

"Whenever we talk about Kashmir or Srinagar, the pictures of the mountains and Dal jheel come in front of us. We all want to enjoy the scenic beauty, but there is one more speciality attached to it. Dal jheel is also known for its delicious Lotus stems. They are known by different names in the country, and in Kashmir, they are referred to as 'Nadru'," he said.

He added said that looking at the rising demand for Nadru, the farmers have created a Farmers Producer Organisation (FPO), and 250 farmers have become a part of it.

"Today, the farmers are able to export the FPOs to foreign countries. Recently, they sent two sets to UAE. This is not just taking up the name of Kashmir, but also increasing the income of the farmers," he said.

PM Modi also talked about the farmers who have shifted towards growing lavender and the benefits they are receiving through the government's Aroma scheme.

"Another effort by the Kashmiri farmers is spreading the fragrance of its success. Actually, there is a small town Bhadarwah, in the Doda district of JammuKashmir. The farmers there traditionally used to grow maize, but some farmers decided to do something innovative. They shifted towards floriculture. Under this, around 2,500 farmers are growing lavender. They have also benefitted from the Aroma scheme of the government. This has increased their income several times. And today, along with the lavender, the fragrance of their success is also spreading," he added.

The Prime Minister also shared about the events regarding the celebration of the 400th birth anniversary of Vir Lachit Barphukan.

"I would like to share a story from Assam, which also promotes the theme of 'Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat'. You all know that we are celebrating the 400th birth anniversary of Vir Lachit Barphukan. He had got Assam free from the cruel rule of the Mughals. Today, the country is getting to know about his valour. We also organised an essay writing competition on his life," he said.

PM Modi added, "You all would be surprised to know that we received more than 45,000 essays. This has become a Guinness World Record, and more importantly, these essays were received in 23 different languages". (ANI)

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