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Jul 28, 2019

In Mann Ki Baat Programme, PM lauds efforts of govt & NGOs in water conservation

The Prime Minister said his call to conserve water in the previous Mann Ki Baat episode has evoked immense response. He said people have shared information on traditional methods and the media has embarked upon quite a few innovative campaigns. 

Mr Modi said whether it is government or NGOs, something or the other is being carried out on a war footing on this issue. He also hailed the villagers of Aara Keram in Jharkhand where the rural folk toiled collectively to change the course of a mountain spring. 

This has led to not only stopping soil erosion and prevention of crop damage, but also facilitated effective irrigation of fields. 

Mr Modi also applauded Meghalaya for formulating its own Water Policy. He also hailed Haryana where crops that require meagre water are being encouraged. 

The Prime Minister said the Cleanliness campaign which began five years ago gathered momentum with mass participation and is now setting up newer benchmarks in cleanliness and sanitation. He said this movement has now advanced from cleanliness towards beautification. He mentioned engineer Yogesh Saini's story who left his job in America and returned to India to take part in this campaign. Recently, Saini has picked up the gauntlet to not just clean up Delhi, but to beautify it. 

Referring to his appeal to people in his last Mann Ki Baat programme to read books, Mr Modi said it has generated an immense response. He pitched the idea of creating a permanent book corner on the Narendra Modi App, so that people can discuss the books they read. He also asked listeners to suggest an apt name for this book corner. 

The Prime Minister congratulated all the ten champions of India who won medals in the World Children’s Winners Games held in Moscow. It is a unique sports tournament meant for young cancer survivors and only those who have emerged fighting cancer can take part. 

Mr Modi said the month of August also brings the memories of Quit India movement. He urged the people to celebrate 15th August with special preparations and find out new ways to observe this festival of freedom with greater participation of the masses. He suggested that people ponder over how 15th August can be celebrated as a folk-festival and also as a people’s festival.

The Prime Minister described year 2019 as very fruitful for India in the realm of Space. He said the nation watched with pride as Chandrayaan II made strides into Space from Sriharikota. He added that visuals of Chandrayaan II lifting off filled people's hearts with glory, zest and joy. He hoped Chandrayaan II mission will inspire youth towards Science and Innovation. He said the country is now expectantly waiting for September when Lander Vikram and Rover Pragyan land on the Lunar surface. 

Mr Modi said Indian scientists launched A-Sat in March this year through which the country has acquired the capability of destroying a satellite three hundred Kilometres away in a mere three minutes. 

India became the fourth country in the world to possess this capacity.

Highlighting that Science is the path of progress, Mr Modi invited young boys and girls to participate in a Quiz Competition. Space, India’s Space Mission, Science and Technology will be the salient features of this competition. The details will be available on the MyGov website. 

Mr Modi elaborated that students scoring the highest marks in their states will be invited to visit Sriharikota, with expenses borne by the Government. He said they will get an opportunity to witness the moment when Chandrayaan would land on the surface of the Moon. 

Talking about the flood situation in many parts of the country, Mr Modi assured the affected people that the Centre in tandem with the State governments is working at lightning fast pace to provide relief and succour to the affected. 

Mr Modi also spoke about the other side of monsoon - the overjoyed farmer, chirping birds, gurgling waterfalls and earth wrapped under green cover. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Mann Ki Baat address, today praised Haryana where crops requiring meagre water are being encouraged. 
The Delhi-based Street artist, Yogesh Saini, has called for making the beautification of cities a national campaign. Mr Saini, whose work has been lauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann ki Baat programme told AIR that his Delhi Street Art's work has been extended to 15 to 20 cities in the country. 

Recalling his journey of beautifying public spaces abroad, Mr Saini said his idea was received very positively and a number of artists and art-lovers, gradually joined in and contributed to the cause.
Mr. Saini started Delhi Street Art aiming at adding more colour to public places and giving local artists the opportunity to express themselves.

Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat programme is touching the hearts of people and it has now become ghar ghar ki baat. Earlier, the Minister listened to Mann Ki Baat programme along with the residents of Laxminagar locality.

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