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Mann Ki Baat: Modi interacts with Sitapur’s ‘Drone Didi’

Feb 26, 2024 06:28 AM IST

Interacting with Sunita Devi from Sitapur, known as ‘Drone Didi, the Prime Minister inquired about her family and experiences. Sunita said that she was a graduate and her family consisted of her mother, husband and two children. She said farming was the source of their livelihood.

Lucknow Uttar Pradesh dominated yet another ‘Mann Ki Baat’ session of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, with the PM having an interaction with ‘Drone Didi’ from Sitapur and sharing memories of the unique features of the photography exhibition in Varanasi, said a UP government spokesperson.

a interacting with PM Narendra Modi. (Sourced)
a interacting with PM Narendra Modi. (Sourced)

Interacting with Sunita Devi from Sitapur, known as ‘Drone Didi, the Prime Minister inquired about her family and experiences. Sunita said that she was a graduate and her family consisted of her mother, husband and two children. She said farming was the source of their livelihood. Sunita further informed that she received training for operating drones at the Phulpur IFFCO company in Allahabad and saw a drone for the first time at the Sitapur Agriculture Science Centre, said the spokesperson quoting the interactions in Mann Ki Baat.

When PM Modi asked if she went through theoretical training first followed by a practical, Sunita answered in the affirmative, adding that her training started from the second day. “First, we were taught about different parts of a drone and how to operate it. On the third day, an exam was conducted. We solved the question paper on the computer. After theory classes, tests were taken and then practical sessions were conducted. We were taught how to fly the drone and how to control it,” she said .

Mentioning difficulties faced during the rainy season when crops face increased risk of pests, Sunita said that a drone could be of immense help in such a situation in spraying of pesticides while standing on the ridge. Emphasising the need for exercising caution, she added that so far she had sprayed pesticides on 35 acres of land.

In response to the Prime Minister’s question, Sunita shared that farmers were very happy with this innovation, as it was effective and saved time. “They only need to come and show us their fields. The spraying can be completed in just half an hour. Many people also come to see the drone,” she remarked.

PM Modi said, “My mission is to make ‘Lakhpati Didis’. Sisters from all over the country are listening and today, Drone Didi is talking to me for the first time. What would you like to say?”

In response, Sunita said, “Thousands of my fellow sisters need to come forward and become Drone Didis. If thousands of women join me, I will feel that I am not alone in this endeavour.”

PM Modi congratulated Sunita, stating that ‘NAMO Drone Didi’ was becoming a significant means to modernize agriculture in the country.

In the programme, PM Modi further mentioned that two days ago, he was in Varanasi, where he witnessed a spectacular photo exhibition. “The moments captured by the youths of Kashi and surrounding areas were amazing. Many of the photographs were taken with mobile cameras, showing that anyone with a mobile phone could become a content creator today,” he said .

The PM further remarked that social media had greatly helped people in showcasing their talents and abilities. “Youths in India are excelling in the field of content creation on social media. They are seen sharing different content on different subjects. Whether it’s tourism, public participation, or inspiring life journeys, various types of content are present on social media connected with these aspects”, the PM added .

He informed that the voice of the youth creating content in the country had become very impactful today, pointing out that to honour their talent, National Creators Awards had been initiated in the country. “Under this, preparations are underway to recognize change-makers in different categories who are effectively using technology to become voices for social change. This contest is ongoing on MyGov. I would urge content creators to participate in it. If you know such interesting content creators, nominate them for the National Creators Awards”, he said .

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