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Mann ki Baat highlights: Need movement akin to Swachh Bharat for water conservation, says PM Modi

Mann ki Baat highlights: This was the first ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme in Modi’s second consecutive term as the Prime Minister. On June 15, PM Modi had said the programme was going to resume on June 30 at 11:00 am in a tweet.

By HT Correspondent | Jun 30, 2019 12:45 IST

Introducing the second edition of his radio programme Mann ki Baat on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the citizens to resort to conservation of water, saying that there is a pressing need to make water conservation a mass movement in the country akin to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. This was the first ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme in Modi’s second consecutive term as the Prime Minister after he led the party to a landslide victory in the Lok Sabha polls of 2019.

In addition to his pitch for water conservation, the prime minister touched upon voting exercise, 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the celebration of democracy by citizens who exercised their right to vote in the recently concluded elections, his learnings from the books he has read, the criticism surrounding his Kedarnath pilgrimage and the global recognition of Yoga.

Highlights:

11:34 am IST

Only 8 percent rain water conserved in India: PM Modi

The prime minister reminded citizens today that water scarcity is affecting many parts of the country every year. “You will be surprised that only 8 percent of the water received from rains in the entire year is harvested in our country,” PM Modi said.

11:33 am IST

PM introduces India’s exclusive ministry for water

The country saw an addition to the list of ministries with PM Modi-led BJP returning to power. The PM re-introduced Jalashakti Ministry in his radio programme today, which was founded on May 31 earlier this year. “Keeping the importance of water in mind, a new #Jalashakti Ministry has been created in the country. This will allow faster decision-making on all subjects related to water,” PM Modi said.

11:32 am IST

PM Modi lauds global celebration and recognition of Yoga

Talking on Mann ki Baat, PM Modi said, “Yoga was not just practised everywhere, but was also celebrated collectively. There must hardly be a place where a human being exists without a bond with Yoga.” He also mentioned the resounding success of Yoga in Japan and Europe among other places.

 

11:30 am IST

Visit 200-year old tank in a house behind Bapu’s house in Porbandar: PM

Even as the PM continued to recollect how different parts of the country are working towards water conservation, he told people about a 200-year-old tank behind Mahatma Gandhi’s house. “If any of you gets an opportunity to go to Porbandar, then there is a house behind the house of revered Bapu, where a 200-year old water tank still exists,” PM Modi said.

11:28 am IST

Suggest ways to conserve water using #JanShakti4JalShakti: PM Modi

PM Modi has asked people across the country to share methods unique to region and people using the #JanShakti4JalShakti on social media platforms.

11:25 am IST

“Want Swachh Bharat like national movement for water conservation”

Pitching a national movement for conserving and preserving water - akin to Swachh Bharat- PM Modi said, “I appeal to all Indians, including eminent people from all walks of life to create awareness on water conservation. Please share knowledge of traditional methods of water conservation. If you know about any individuals or NGOs working on water, do share about them.”

11:22 am IST

Let us conserve every drop of water: PM Modi

As India finds itself in the midst of a water-crisis, PM Modi has requested Indian citizens to conserve water. “There is no fixed way to conserve water. In different parts, different methods may be adopted but the aim is same- to conserve every drop of water,” the PM said.

 

11:15 am IST

PM Modi replugs his ‘No bouquet, just a book” request

PM Modi talks about the book he has read in the recent past and shared the morals from his readings on Mann ki Baat. “Just recently, someone gave me a book entitled, popular short stories by Premchand. It was a great feeling,” PM Modi said.

 

11:12 am IST

India saw over 61 cr voters exercising their franchise in 2019 polls: PM Modi

PM Modi also talked about the recent concluded Lok Sabha elections and congratulated voters for exercising their franchise. “Just recently, our country celebrated a mega festival of democracy, a mammoth election campaign, from rich to poor, all were happily eager in this festival to decide the fate of their country. In the 2019 Lok Sabha Election, India saw over 61 crore voters exercising their franchise. It was the largest democratic Election ever held in the world,” PM Modi said.

11:08 am IST

Emergency saw outrage in conscience of one and all: PM Modi

In his radio address, PM Modi said, “When Emergency was imposed, resistance against it was not limited to the political arena or politicians; the movement was not curtailed to the confines of prison cells. There was an outrage in the conscience of one and all.”

11:05 am IST

Went to Kedarnath to meet myself: PM Modi

Talking about his visit to Kedarnath temple, the prime minister said, “Amidst hectic election engagements, many people asked me a flurry of questions on why I had gone to Kedarnath. For me, it was an opportunity to meet myself.”

11:03 am IST

Through ‘Mann ki Baat’, I tell your story in my voice: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his radio programme by mentioning the intervening period between the last episode of Mann ki Baat from February and the episode aired today. “There came a moment when I felt the need to reach out to you immediately after Elections concluded. Then I thought no, the established Sunday sequence should be maintained. But this Sunday has made one wait endlessly!”

10:50 am IST

Home  Minister Amit Shah, BJP workers expected to tune in from Dwarka

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to listen to the radio programme with other party workers at the Kakrola stadium in Dwarka, reported ANI.

10:45 am IST

PM Modi announces return of ‘Mann ki Baat’ after four months

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the return of ‘Mann ki Baat’ after four months in a tweet today. The PM had last spoken on the radio programme in the episode which aired in February this year. He had expressed confidence of the BJP-led NDA’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections and said the programme will return after the polls.