Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke about India hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup football tournament next year and said it is was an opportunity to promote the country’s standing in the sport, for which immense awareness needs to be created within the nation.
In his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’, he also asked the farming community to use less fertilisers and more modern technology, like the Farmers’ App, for their benefit.
During the 30-minute programme, Modi talked about how the government is developing all the five places associated with Dalit icon B R Ambedkar on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary which falls on April 14.
The Prime Minister spoke about various other issues during the Easter show, including asking students to develop some skills during their vacations and urging people to work for defeating diabetes and eradicating TB from the country.
Referring to the agriculture sector, he said that the water table is falling in parts of the country, and that small reservoirs should be created to help combat drought.
He said the government, on its part, is constructing five lakh ‘khet talab’ (farming pools) across the country.
Under MNREGA also, efforts are being made to conserve water, he said, as he pitched for a people’s movement for saving water.