PM Modi favours mass movement to conserve water, seeks NCC’s help


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there was a need for a mass movement to conserve water, asking the youth organisations such as NCC to take the lead to create water storage structures.

He made this observation while reviewing the drought and water scarcity situation in Jharkhand on Saturday.

As reported by the PTI, Modi also insisted on the use of technology and asked the state government to identify all water bodies through unique numbers and geo-tagging

“The Prime Minister called for a mass movement to be generated for water conservation and rainwater harvesting in a comprehensive manner, and said youth organizations including NCC, NSS, NYKS, and Scouts and Guides should be involved in creation of water storage structures,” an official statement said.

The statement said that Rs 273 crore was released to Jharkhand as central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16.

“A further amount of Rs 143.25 crore has been released as first instalment of SDRF for 2016-17.

“The State has disbursed Rs 376 crore to 12 lakh farmers under State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF), through DBT.

Insurance claims of Rs 53 crore were also settled through DBT,” the statement said.

Observing that there is a need to generate a mass movement for soil health cards, Modi said that “mobilisation, momentum and mechanism” are all required to make the soil health card programme a success.