Evoking father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that India is strongly committed to protecting the environment, as much as it strives for growth and development in all spheres.
“We believe that all resources and wealth belongs to nature and the almighty and we are just the trustees or managers of this wealth,” he said invoking Mahatma Gandhi, adding that the father of the nation too advocated this trusteeship philosophy.
Addressing over 200 delegates at the World Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi, the prime minister also said that respect for nature was part of the country’s culture.
“We consider Earth our mother. India believes in growth but is also committed to protect the environment,” he said.
Stressing the need for making the planet safer, the prime minister said, “We are proud of our long history and tradition of harmonious existence between man and nature.”
He, however, raised concerns about the issue of water availability and asserted his commitment to ensure that no farm goes without water.
“We are working to electrify every household of the country. With growing urbanisation, our transport needs are growing too, we are expanding the metro system as well,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)