In the 19th edition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi talked about the summer and the issue of water conservation. Modi’s address via radio comes at a time when majority of the country is suffering the drought and heat waves.
PM referred to a village in Ahmednagar where people decided to change the entire cropping pattern to conserve water for the summer.
“Drip irrigation, sprinkler irrigation systems are very effective. They conserve water and save a lot of labour, People in Ahmednagar abandoned water intensive crops like sugarcane,”said PM
Modi said that encroachment, silting and blocks in the water channels in reservoirs have damaged water storage capacity.
Narendra Modi said that weather department’s monsoon prediction is good news and brings hope.
“Met has projected 106 to 110% rainfall this year. This is like a soothing message of peace. But this also presents a challenge to us, in terms of water conservation. Can we take a moment to conserve water from here on in? PM Modi asked on his Mann Ki Baar
The Prime Minister said that efforts must be made to conserve every single drop of water and do whatever is required to improve water tables.
“We should make full use of the monsoons and raise the water tables,” said the PM
PM also talked about the initiatives taken by the government for cleaning the Ganga
“We will all have to be change agents for the cleaning of the Ganga. The Government is making numerous efforts,” Modi said while sharing his views on radio.
Narendra Modi said that rise in water tables will improve the quality of water
“Clean drinking water means better health & stronger growth of economy,” he said.
PM said that earlier governments setup committees to identify section of people who does not need LPG subsidy but was never implemented.
“I believed in my people. I urged them to give up their gas subsidy. I am very proud to say that today about 1 crore families have given up their gas subsidy,” said PM Modi.
Narendra Modi also said that middle-class people are giving up their LPG subsidies following a call given by the government to provide LPG to the poor.
“From schoolteachers to the tea-seller down the road have willingly given up their LPG subsidy,” said Modi
He also spoke about the Ganga cleaning program and asked people to be the change agents. He urged everyone to work together for cleaning the Ganga.
“We will all have to be change agents for the cleaning of the Ganga. The Government is making numerous efforts,” said PM