New Delhi: Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Saturday (June 22) kicked off the ‘Shramdaan’, activities involving measures to conserve water, in Rajasthan‘s Jodhpur, a statement said. The minister also launched the Swachh Bharat Summer Internship (SBSI)-2019 in the state. To promote water conservation across the country ahead of the monsoon season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had written to village sarpanches, urging them to undertake rainwater harvesting and water conservation activities. Gram sabhas were convened across the country on Saturday and the prime minister’s letter was read out publicly to villagers.
The sitting of the gram sabhas was followed by the Shramdaan. Activities included building and cleaning of small ponds for storing rainwater, tree plantation drives, constructing, installing storage tanks for rainwater harvesting and afforestation. The Ministry of Jal Shakti, in association with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and the National Cadet Corps (NCC) had launched the Swachh Bharat Summer Internship 2019, a 50-hour swachhata commitment by the youth, from June 10 to 31.
Addressed the Launching Programme of “Swachh Bharat Summer Internship” in Jodhpur today… pic.twitter.com/4yoivH9jOW
— Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (@gssjodhpur) June 22, 2019
The initiative will give an opportunity to the youth from the National Service Scheme (NSS), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and the NCC to develop their skills and orientation for sanitation-related work and become a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission.
The internship has been taken up for the second consecutive year as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The minister urged youngsters to focus their energy through this internship on solid waste management and village cleanliness to make the country cleaner and greener.
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