Catch the rain: PM Modi urges people to conserve water ahead of summers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed the importance of collective responsibility towards water conservation and called for a 100-day campaign to clean up water bodies and prepare them for rainwater harvesting before monsoons. The Prime Minister, on his monthly Mann Ki Baat programme, said water has been crucial for the development of humankind for centuries.
“In most parts of India, rain starts in May-June. Can we start a 100-day campaign from now on to harvest rainwater, to clean the waters around us? With this thinking, a few days from now, the Jal Shakti Abhiyan - 'Catch the Rain' is also being started by the Jal Shakti ministry. The basic mantra of this campaign is - Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls,” he said.
Modi said this is the best time to think about water conservation ahead of the months of summer. “Yesterday was the festival of Magha Purnima. The month of Magh is associated with rivers, lakes, and water bodies...Water is life for us, it is also faith and it is also a stream of development. Water is more important than 'Paras' in a way. It is said that by the touch of 'Paras', iron can be converted into gold. In the same way, the touch of water is necessary for life," the Prime Minister said on the 74th episode of Mann Ki Baat.
PM Modi also talked about Sant Ravidas, whose birth anniversary was observed on Saturday, on the occasion of Magha Purnima. "Sant Ravidas Ji taught us to keep working, do not expect anything... When this is done there will be satisfaction. He taught people to go beyond conventional thinking," the Prime Minister added.
Prime Minister Modi had appealed to the countrymen to write about freedom fighters and stories of their struggle to mark the country's 75th Independence Day this year in his last Mann Ki Baat episode in January. Mann ki Baat is PM Modi’s monthly radio programme to the nation, aired on the last Sunday of every month.