Mann ki Baat 2.0: As water crisis looms, Modi urges people to conserve every drop
New Delhi, June 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he experienced a sense of emptiness during the time he did not get a chance to hold his radio programme Mann ki Baat.
He said, "I just used my words, my voice and that is why, I was not missing the programme. I was missing you. I was undergoing a bout of emptiness."
At a time when the water level in India's major reservoirs and river basins has fallen, Prime Minister pitched for conservation of rain water, saying there is a pressing need to make water conservation a mass movement on the lines of the cleanliness drive.
"In different parts, different methods may be adopted but the aim is same- to conserve every drop of water," he said.
Modi appealed to all Indians, including eminent people from all walks of life to create awareness on water conservation.
He also urged people to share knowledge of traditional methods of water conservation. "If you know about any individuals or NGOs working on water (conservation), do share the details," he said.
He asked people to use #JanShakti4JalShakti to upload their content relating to water conservation. Several cities across India are facing water shortage as water level in various dams and water bodies has gone down significantly.
On February 24, days before the Lok Sabha elections were announced, he had suspended his monthly broadcast for March and April. Confident of his return, PM Modi had said he will be back with the programme on the last Sunday of May.
The BJP-led NDA returned to power with a massive mandate and PM Modi was sworn in as the prime minister on May 30.
In his first term, PM Modi had addressed the nation on 53 occasions through his monthly broadcast after coming to power in 2014.
While discontinuing the programme, PM Modi had said he was doing so keeping in mind healthy democratic traditions.