Many countries drawn to India’s UPI, says PM Modi | Latest News India

India’s digital transformation has been praised by many countries showing interest in the country’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and telemedicine consultation app eSanjeevani, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on his monthly radio show on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)

“Now people in Singapore and India are transferring money from their mobile phones in the same way as in their respective countries,” Modi said in the latest edition of Mann ki Baat. “I’m glad that people have started to benefit from it. Be it India’s eSanjeevani app or UPI, these have proven to be very helpful in improving the quality of life.”

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Referring to the recent bilateral deal that allows India’s UPI and Singapore’s PayNow to conduct seamless money transfers, the prime minister said the pact will make life easier through digital technology.

The eSanjeevani online medical consultation app has become a lifesaver for the common man, Modi said. “e-Sanjeevani becomes a life-saving app for the common man of the country, for the middle class, for the people living in hilly areas. This is the power of India’s digital revolution,” he said.

The country has seen that the eSanjeevani app has proved to be a great boon for people at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, he said. “Through this app, teleconsultation, that is, while sitting far away, via video conference, you can consult a doctor about your illness. Until now, the number of teleconsultant using this app has surpassed 10 crores. This amazing bond between a patient and a doctor is a great achievement. I would like to congratulate all the doctors and patients who have used this facility for this achievement. This is a living example of how the people of India have made technology a part of their lives,” said Modi.

The Prime Minister spoke to a doctor and a patient to highlight how helpful the app has proven in providing medical consultations. “This is a great achievement. This is a living example of how the people of India have made technology a part of their lives. We have seen that the eSanjeevani app has proved to be a great blessing for people in times of corona,” he said.

Modi further highlighted the cleanliness drills being carried out by people in different parts of the country to say that Swachh Bharat (Clean India) has become a mass movement. “If we make up our minds, we can make a big contribution to a clean India. At the very least, we should all commit to replacing plastic bags with cloth bags. You will see how much satisfaction your resolution will bring you and inspire other people as well,” he said.

The Prime Minister also referred to Indian toys in his broadcast. “Nowadays, Indian toys have become such a craze that their demand has increased even abroad,” Modi said. “When we talked about the Indian storytelling genre in Mann ki Baat, her fame also reached far and wide. People were becoming more and more attracted to the Indian storytelling genre.”

Highlighting that on Sardar Patel’s birthday on October 31, which is now observed as Unity Day, three competitions related to patriotic songs, lullabies and rangoli were launched, Modi said over five lakh people from more than 700 districts have participated.

The Prime Minister also discussed some of the winning entries on the radio show, including those that received the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar. “I hope all of these artists will continue to inspire everyone at grassroots level to popularize the performing arts,” he said.

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Remembering legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, the Prime Minister said: “Friends, on this occasion today, it comes as natural for me to remember Lata Mangeshkar ji, Lata Didi. Because on the day this competition started, Lata Didi tweeted that his compatriots should join this endeavour.”

He mentioned Joydeep Mukherjee, a classical instrumentalist who plays the sursinger and was recently awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, an award for emerging artists.

“Joydeep ji is among the youngsters who have been honored with the Ustad Bismillah Khan Award. By the late ’50s and ’60s it had become rare to hear melodies from this instrument. But Joydeep is working hard to make the Sursingar popular again. Similarly, the efforts of Sister Uppalpu Nagmani ji, who was honored in the Carnatic Instrumental category on mandolin, are also very inspiring,” said Modi.


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