New Delhi: The World is observing March 22 as World Water Day, with the theme ‘Valuing Water’. To talk about the importance of the day and why each one of us should do our bit to conserve and preserve the precious resource – water, politicians and leaders took to social media to spread the message.
If we talk in numbers, according to UNICEF, globally, more than 1.42 billion people, including 450 million children, live in areas of high, or extremely high, water vulnerability. UNICEF also says this analysis means that 1 in 5 children worldwide does not have enough water to meet their everyday needs. Whereas, as per Water.org, a non-profit organaisation, working to bring people together to create better policies for the future of water, in India, 88 million people lack access to safe water. Keeping these grim statistics in mind, here’s what the leaders urged the fellow citizens:
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said,
Water is Life and Life is precious. Conserve every drop of water! #WorldWaterDay!
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) March 22, 2021
On the other hand, Chief Minister of the national capital – Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal announced Delhi Government’s plan to make Delhi a city of lakes. Sharing glimpses of a barren land in Dwarka that has been converted into a 7 acres lake spot, Mr Kejriwal said,
We will make lake spots in different parts of Delhi. The government is planning to revive 600 water bodies that have become dumping spot. Saving water along with water management is the need of the hour. Let’s be aware on why it is important to save water and take a pledge to make people around us aware as well. #WorldWaterDay
दिल्ली के अलग-अलग इलाकों में हम झीलें विकसित कर रहे हैं, इसी कड़ी में द्वारका में 7 एकड़ में फैली यह नई झील महज 7 महीने में तैयार की। पानी की बचत, संचयन एवं बेहतर मैनेजमेंट आज के वक्त की ज़रूरत है, खुद भी जागरूक बनें और दूसरों को भी जागरूक करें। #WorldWaterDay pic.twitter.com/TMqwgNY0XC
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 22, 2021
Appreciating Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi new initiative ‘Catch The Rain’ that has been launched today, External Affair Minister Dr S Jaishankar said,
Valuing water, valuing life. PM @narendramodi launches the ‘Catch the Rain’ movement on #WorldWaterDay. Yet another transformational initiative in the life of New India.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) March 22, 2021
Former Union Minister Suresh Prabu also appreciated the newly launched campaign and said,
The best way to address the challenge of #Water – Save,store and use all that nature offers us. More than 85% of water source for india is from rains, thus this campaign of @PMOIndia @narendramodi will be real solution #WorldWaterDay #CatchTheRain #WaterConservation #विश्व_जल_दिवस.
the best way to address the challenge of #Water,Save,store and use all that nature offers us.More than 85% of water source for india is from rains,thus this campaign of @PMOIndia @narendramodi will be real solution #WorldWaterDay #CatchTheRain #WaterConservation #विश्व_जल_दिवस https://t.co/optScCzjFE
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) March 22, 2021
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.