Ideas for I-Day speech? Here’s what citizens want the PM to speak about

In his last Mann ki Baat address PM Narendra Modi asked for new ideas to address in his I-Day speech from the Red Fort.

Published: 15th August 2017 09:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th August 2017 09:12 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

In his last Mann ki Baat address PM Narendra Modi asked for new ideas to address in his I-Day speech from the Red Fort. He’s got a deluge: At 7.30 pm Monday, 12,341 suggestions had come in on just the mygov.in platform. Here are the most interesting ones

Make manifestos binding
The election manifestos of parties should be made legally binding. If they fail to fulfill the promises made to the people of India, they should be liable for legal action.

                                                                                                            - Srinivasa Rao

Build a robot army
I am in robotics. We should build a robot Indian army to stop the killing of our jawans. The robot will be fully bullet-proof, bomb-proof, water-proof and fire-proof. It will be fully loaded with guns, sensors and missiles. A jawan will handle it.

- Vaibhav Fulzele

Scrap univ syllabi
We should change our higher education syllabus. It has not changed in 20 years. We are still reading things that are not required to get a job.

-Pallavi Bharti

Who’ll clean up dog poop?
Owners of domestic animals don’t bother to clean up the dung. Make them do it. Swatch Bharat Abhiyan should fine the owners if they don’t comply.

-Saorabh Shivhare

Slash lawmakers’ perks  
Cut the perks of MPs and MLAs. It won’t affect them much.

-Nitisha Aneja

Ban plastic flags
The biggest help that a citizen of India can do to the country on Independence Day is to not buy those orange, white and green balloons and those plastic flags! I would ban them considering the huge waste that is generated.

-Sharath K S

Privatise traffic police
I have a suggestion regarding the traffic police. I see a lot of police personnel engaged in maintaining traffic in cities. Why should it not be privatized? It will help in better traffic control and it will save the time and efforts of policemen.

-Abhishek Vyas

What oil is this?
Packaged food makers don’t disclose ingredients such as the oil used in biscuits. Parle G sold in India says vegetable oil is used; the same product sold in the US says palm oil. Most hotels use cheap palm oil, vanaspati ghee, which are bad for health.

-Pravin Sitaram

Stop Goebbels propaganda
Please address the question that media must not be used to promote individuals’ interests and media persons must have accountability before serving information to the public. Please don’t use Goebbels to manipulate the feelings of Indians.

-Arun Kumar

No khaki for cops receiving complaints
Police officers receiving complaints should not wear khaki. They should have some other dress code. Complaints should be received in other government organisations as well, such as post offices, etc.
 -Sampath

No 100 kmph cars
We should limit manufacturing of any automobile which can be driven at more than 100 kmph. It is unsafe.

-Rakesh Sharma

Make boys respect girls
Insist that schools and colleges teach boys how to respect girls. Hold seminars which tell stories of women entrepreneurs and achievers. Also make boys aware about the consequences of crime against women.

-Shadab Khan

One Nation One Fee
Let’s have One Nation One Fee for educational courses and medical surgeries. Eradicate the unilateral dictatorship of private institution to loot the common man.

-Arun Elango

This private school business

Nobody is regulating unbridled fee hikes by private schools, their yearly development charges and their selling books and uniforms on school premises. This is a big issue for the middle class.

-Rajesh Sharma

Make study loans cheaper
Education should be given more emphasis than housing. I was surprised that most banks are charging interest rates of 11-14 per cent on education loans while home loans charge 8.5-9.5 per cent.
                                                                                                                                            -Deepak Ballani

Let students live with farmer families
Make it mandatory for all youngsters aged between 16 and 22 years to undertake an internship for six months. They can choose between the military or agriculture. In case of agricultural internship they must stay with a farmer’s family.

-Sangita Shastri

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