New Delhi: ‘Dear sarpanchji, namaskar. I hope that you and all my brothers and sisters of the panchayat would be in the best of health. The rainy season is about to begin. We are grateful to God that we have been blessed by enough rainwater. We should make all efforts and arrangement to conserve this blessing (water),” reads the letter Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to all ‘gram pradhans’ (village chiefs) requesting them to help conserve rainwater during the forthcoming monsoon.
The PM in his one-page letter also made a special request to the Pradhans and suggested the construction of check dams and embankments along rivers and streams, clean up ponds for storage of dam water. Moreover, it was also requested that all gram pradhans should convene a meeting of the gram sabha (village assembly) wherein this letter should be read out.
It is requested that a discussion should be held in the village on how to conserve water. I have faith in all of you that adequate arrangements would be made to save every drop of rainwater. If we are able to conserve rainwater effectively, then not only will the crop yield increase, but we will also have a large reserve of water, which we will be able to utilise for many purposes, the prime minister wrote in the letter.
See Narendra Modi’s Letter
The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri @narendramodi has written letters to all sarpanches of India, urging them to ensure the conservation of water in villages ahead of the upcoming monsoons. pic.twitter.com/P4iGiJYa8N
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The letter ends with an urge from PM Modi, he adds,
Just as you made Swachhata (cleanliness drive) a successful mass movement by making cleanliness a people’s movement, I urge you all to also lead this water conservation campaign and make it a people’s movement. Let us all make the impossible possible and contribute to the creation of a New India.
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