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Jun 28, 2020

PM Modi says, India has always emerged stronger, despite facing adversities and challenges; urges people to practice rain water harvesting to protect environment

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, India has always emerged stronger, despite facing adversities and challenges. Sharing his thoughts in Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio today, the Prime Minister said historically, India has always emerged brighter and stronger, ensuring victory over all kinds of disasters and challenges. 

The Prime Minister said, no mission can be successful without the participation of the people. He urged the citizens to strive for a self-reliant India with their collective resolve, commitment and support.

The Prime Minister reminded people that the country has moved out of the lockdown phase to the unlock phase of the Corona crisis. He said, during this unlock period, one will have to focus deeply on two points - defeating Corona while strengthening the economy and bolstering it. He said that during the unlock period, people should stay more vigilant compared to the lockdown period and only their ness can save them from corona.

Mr Modi said, during this unlock phase, many other things are getting unlocked, which had hitherto, shackled the country for decades. He said, for years the mining sector, space and agriculture were in a state of lockdown. Now the decisions taken by the Central Government have unshackled the bottlenecks and given a boost to these sectors. He referred to commercial auction in mining, opening up of the space sector and reforms in agriculture towards a self-reliant India with advancement of technology.

The Prime Minister said, Monsoon has now reached large parts of the country and meteorologists are very enthusiastic about the rainfall and are full of hope. He said, if the rains are bountiful, the farmers will reap a bumper harvest and the environment will also be green. 

The Prime Minister urged people to practice 'rain water harvesting' in a big way to protect the environment. He mentioned an octogenarian farmer, Kamegowda from Mandavali in Karnataka who is building new ponds in his area. He said, till now, Kamegowda has dug 16 ponds, through his hard work. Mr Modi also mentioned about Vadodara where district administration and the local residents together organized rain water harvesting in 1,000 schools. The Prime Minister also urged people to make eco-friendly Ganesh statues during Ganesh Chaturthi.
Talking about traditional games like Pachisi, Moksha Patam and Gutta, Prime Minister Modi requested the grandparents and the elders of the house to pass these games down to the new generation. Mr. Modi called upon people to present the traditional indoor games of India in a new and attractive avatar.

Mr Modi paid homage to former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao whose birth centenary year began today. He said, the former Prime Minister led the country through a critical phase.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that India will not only do better in the year 2020, but will move forward and touch new heights. The Prime Minister said, 2020 will give a new direction to India in this decade.


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