New Delhi: While the nation was celebrating the 71st Republic Day in full swing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his monthly radio address "Mann ki Baat" said that this initiative has become an excellent platform for "sharing, learning and growing together".

"Mann Ki Baat has become a good and smooth platform for sharing, learning and growing together. Every month thousands of people share their suggestions, efforts and experiences. And through the endeavour, we get a chance to discuss some extraordinary feats by people, which serve as a beacon of inspiration to society," PM Modi said in the first episode of this year's "Mann Ki Baat".

The Prime Minister also said that he has received a charter of his monthly address from a person named Shailesh.

"I have received a letter from Shailesh, who is from Bihar. He no longer stays in Bihar. He says he stays in Delhi, working for an NGO," he said.

The Prime Minister stated that in his letter Shailesh wrote how PM Modi appeals to people on one point or the other in every episode of the monthly programme.

"Shailesh has implemented many of them in letter and spirit. Taking a cue from 'Mann Ki Baat', he embarked upon many initiatives, but gradually, he began forgetting. So, he made a charter about 'Mann Ki Baat', consisting of a list of all these, just the way people make resolutions at the onset of the New Year," the Prime Minister noted.

"Well, Shailesh, heartiest congratulations and many good wishes to you. The 'Mann Ki Baat' charter in connection with your New Year resolution is very innovative. I shall certainly send it back to you, along with my best wishes inscribed," Prime Minister Modi said.

Also, PM Modi said that youths are confident enough to face any challenge and advised students to do physical activity during this winter season.

"All students must be busy in final preparations for their exams. After interacting with crores of students during 'Pariksha Pe Charcha', I can say the youth of the country is confident and ready to face any challenge," PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister also did not miss a chance to recall environmentalist Saalumarada Timmakka, who was conferred with Padma Shri last year.

"In March last year, a video had become the centre of attention in the media and on social media. The buzz was about how a 107-year-old elderly, motherly figure broke the protocol to bless the President. This woman was Saalumarada Timmakka, who is famously known as 'Vriksha Maata' in Karnataka and the event was Padma Awards ceremony," he said.