Prime Minister Narendra
Modi has called for taking holistic view on water conservation and
environment preservation. Speaking in the 20th edition of Mann Ki Baat
programme on All India Radio today, Mr Modi stressed on permanent
solutions to tackle water scarcity and drought in several parts of the
In his over half an hour address to the nation, he said, there should be
more focus on per drop more crop, micro and drip irrigation and optimum
utilization of traditional sources of water including ponds. He asked
countrymen to use technology and perfect planning in water conservation.
He said, people's participation in these efforts can become foundation
of success. Referring to his meetings with Chief Ministers of 11
drought-hit states, he appreciated the various programmes launched by
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chattishgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and
Speaking on the recent massive forest fire in Uttarakhand, Himachal
Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister said, carelessness and
dry leaves were the main cause of the fire. He said, protecting forest
and saving water is everyone's duty.
Mr Modi called upon the people to promote cashless transactions through
Jan Dhan, Aadhar and Mobile (JAM) to move forward to cashless society.
Referring to employment of 1.25 lakh Banking Correspondents, the Prime
Minister said, it is his government's resolve to bring banking services
to people's doorsteps. He said, post-offices are also being sensitized
to serve as a banking institutions. He said, these measures will bring
transparency and put a check on the use of black money.
Referring to the upcoming Rio Olympics, the Prime Minister said,
positive environment should be created for Indian sports-persons. He
complimented Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for his recent visit to
NIS, Patiala to personally check the facilities and training provisions
for Olympics aspirants amidst his election duty in Assam.
Congratulating the successful students in various board examinations
whose results were declared recently, Mr Modi consoled non-successful
students saying this is not the end of the road. He advised them to
identify and focus on their strength.
Stressing on his favorite area of cleanliness, he reminded that it is
best way to avoid diseases and help the poor saving his medical
expenses. He said, prevention is always better than cure.
Inviting people to participate in the International Yoga Day on 21st of
next month, Mr Modi said, he will lead the nation in the event
Chandigarh. He said, yoga day is not merely an event. He said, every
person should at least devote 20 to 30 minutes to Yoga in his daily
The Prime Minister said, listening Mann Ki Baat has become more easy.
Anyone willing to listen the programme can give a missed call to 1922.