PM writes to village chiefs to save rainwater

A woman enjoying the monsoon rain on the outskirts of Guwahati on Saturday.

A woman enjoying the monsoon rain on the outskirts of Guwahati on Saturday.  

The letter, signed by Modi, has been delivered to the pradhans

Concerned about the water crisis in rural areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a personal letter to gram pradhans (village chiefs) requesting them to conserve rainwater.

The letter, signed by the PM, has been hand-delivered to the pradhans through the respective District Magistrates or Collectors.

In several rural belts, the PM’s letter has become a talking point. For instance, at Sonbhadra near Mr. Modi’s constituency in Varanasi, the letter has been delivered to 637 village chiefs, requesting them to make personal efforts to encourage people to start conserving rainwater.

Written in Hindi with a personal touch, the PM says, “Dear Sarpanchji, namaskar. I hope that you and all my brothers and sisters of the panchayat would be in the best of health. The rainy season is about to begin. We are grateful to God that we have been blessed by enough rainwater. We should make all efforts and arrange to conserve this blessing.” The PM has made a request to the pradhans in his one-page letter that they should convene a meeting of the gram sabha (village assembly) and his message be read out. “It is requested that a discussion should be held in the village ... I have faith in all of you that adequate arrangements would be made to save every drop.”

The PM has also suggested construction of check dams and ponds for proper harvesting of rainwater. In Amroha district of UP, DM Umesh Mishra ensured that the PM’s letter was delivered to all 601 Pradhans. He has already laid out a plan to dig 775 ponds in rural areas and work on 500 has already started. Amroha, once a part of Moradabad, is considered one of the most fertile districts in UP, usually having enough rainfall every year.

On the PM’s instructions, the newly constituted Ministry of Jal Shakti recently held an inter-State meeting of Ministers to review the crisis.

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