Mann ki Baat: PM Modi speaks on importance of World Rivers Day, Gandhi Jayanti

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation in the 81st session of his monthly radio show ‘Mann ki Baat’ on Sunday.

Modi pointed that today’s address falls on World Rivers Day, which is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September. The PM spoke about the significance of rivers and their contribution to provide us with water.

“September is an important month, a month when we celebrate World River Day. A day to remember the contribution of our rivers that selflessly provide us with water,” he said.

The PM urged people to value every drop of water, to work against pollution, and to mark a river festival at least once a year.

“A special e-auction of gifts I received is going on these days. The proceeds from that will be dedicated to the ‘Namami Gange’ campaign,” Modi announced.

The Naga river in Tamil Nadu had dried up, he explained, adding that: “Due to the initiatives by the rural women, and active public participation the river was brought to life, and to this day there is plenty of water in the river.”

Speaking about Gandhi Jayanti, which will be celebrated on October 2nd, the Prime Minister lauded Mahatma Gandhi as a proponent of cleanliness who made cleanliness a mass movement by associating it with the dream of independence.

“Before Bapu’s birthday, we should break all records in purchasing khadi, we should be local for vocal. With festivals upcoming, make sure all your purchases are khadi,” he added.

Modi spoke about the ‘One Teacher, One Call’ initiative in Uttar Pradesh, calling it commendable, and also said that the ‘Can do’ culture of India is inspiring.

Yesterday, the PM concluded his three-day visit to the US where he addressed the 76th session of the UNGA. He also attended the first in-person Quad summit and held bilateral and multilateral engagements with US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and his counterparts from Australia Scott Morrison, and from Japan Yoshihide Suga.

Modi began ‘Mann ki Baat’ in 2014, which is aired on the last Sunday of every month.

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