Decoding the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s speech from Red Fort on the occasion of India’s 73rd Independence Day celebrations reveal that next focus area for the government will be ‘water for all.’ The PM has promised to spend Rs. 3.5 lakh crores on the ‘Jal Jeevan’ mission in the coming years.
“Every government, irrespective of the party, be it the central or the state, has tried in its own way. But still it is a fact that today almost half of the houses in India do not have drinking water. People have to struggle to get drinking water. Mothers and sisters have to travel 2, 3, 5 km carrying the load of water on their heads. A large part of their lives is spent in struggling for water. Therefore, this government has decided to emphasize upon a special task and that is – how to ensure availability of water in every house. How does every house get water, pure drinking water? And so, I declare from the Red Fort today that in the days to come, we will take forward the ‘Jal-Jeevan’ Mission,” said the PM from Red Fort.
The government will focus on water conservation, irrigation, rain-water harvesting, seawater or waste water treatment, and ‘Per Drop, More Crop’ Micro Irrigation for the farmers. Water conservation campaigns will be launched, creating awareness in the common citizens about water, arousing their sensitivity so that they understand the importance of water; even the children will be taught about water conservation as part of their curriculum in their childhood. “We must move forward with the belief that in the next five years we have to do more than four times the work that has been done in the last 70 years for water conservation and to revive the sources of water,” the PM said in his speech.
The PM also added that “this campaign on Water conservation should not just remain a government initiative. It should become a people’s movement like our Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan. We have to carry forward this movement with the help the common man’s ideals, aspirations and efforts.”