Prime Minister Modi said this while addressing the 104th episode of his monthly radio programme
In the latest episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat,’ a monthly radio programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India’s G20 presidency is a people’s presidency.
He said academia, civil society, youth, women, parliamentarians, entrepreneurs, and people associated with urban administration played an important role in the eleven engagement groups of the G20.
The Prime Minister claimed that in one way or the other, more than 1.5 crore people are associated with the G20 events being organized across the country.
“The participation of 1.25 lakh students from 800 schools in the G20 Quiz held in Varanasi became a new world record. At the same time, the Lambani artisans also did wonders. 450 artisans have showcased their skill and craftsmanship by creating an amazing collection of around 1800 Unique Patches. Every representative who came to the G-20 was amazed to see the artistic diversity of our country,” the PM said.
“One such grand program was organized in Surat. 15,000 women from 15 states participated in the 'Saree Walkathon' held there. This program not only gave a boost to Surat's Textile Industry, 'Vocal for Local' also got a fillip and also paved the way for Local to become Global. After the G-20 meeting in Srinagar, a huge increase in the number of tourists to Kashmir is being seen. I urge all countrymen to come together to make the G-20 summit successful and bring glory to the country,” he added.
“Moving away from the tradition of holding big events in Delhi, we took them to different cities of the country. About 200 meetings related to this were organized in 60 cities across the country. Wherever the G20 delegates went, people warmly welcomed them. These delegates were very impressed, seeing the diversity of our country and our vibrant democracy. They also realized that there are so many possibilities in India,” PM Modi further added.
Prime Minister Modi said during its presidency, India has made G20 a more inclusive forum.
“The African Union also joined the G20 on India’s invitation and the voice of the people of Africa reached this important platform of the world. Friends, since India took over the presidency of the G20 in Bali last year, so much has happened that it fills us with pride,” he said.
He said the G20 Summit being organised in September in New Delhi will be attended by heads of 40 countries and many global organizations, enabling it to become an event with the biggest participation ever in the history of the G20 Summit.