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PM Modi stresses on permanent solutions to tackle water scarcity and drought

 


Mumbai: May 22,2016

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 country.

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 Rajasthan.

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 routine.

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.
 

 
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