PM calls for mass movement to fight water scarcity

SansadTV Bureau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the International Convention on Universal Message of Simhasth in Madhya Pradesh

With the several parts across the country affected by drought, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid emphasis on generating a mass movement to conserve water. Addressing a high-level meeting to review the drought situation and water scarcity in Jharkhand, he was of view that youth organisations like NCC should be involved to create water storage structures.

“The Prime Minister called for a mass movement to be generated for water conservation and rainwater harvesting in a comprehensive manner, and said youth organizations including NCC, NSS, NYKS, and Scouts and Guides should be involved in creation of water storage structures,” an official statement said.

The Prime Minister also laid emphasis that state government use technologies like unique numbers and geo-tagging to identify all water bodies.

“Emphasizing the use of technology, the Prime Minister called for reporting of assets created by MNREGA, through geo-tagging and uploading of photographs with hand-held devices,” it said.

Observing that there is a need to generate a mass movement for soil health cards, Modi said that “mobilization, momentum and mechanism” are all required to make the soil health card programme a success.

The Prime Minister also emphasized the importance of regular monitoring of the progress towards implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das along with senior state officials and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was also present during the high level meeting.

The statement said that Rs 273 crore was released to Jharkhand as central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16.

“A further amount of Rs 143.25 crore has been released as first instalment of SDRF for 2016-17… The State has disbursed Rs 376 crore to 12 lakh farmers under State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF), through DBT. Insurance claims of Rs 53 crore were also settled through DBT,” the statement said further.

Jharkhand plans to double its irrigated area from 19 per cent to 40 per cent in the next two years.

The Chief Minister informed that tenders for the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana have been finalized in the State.

(With inputs from the PTI)