New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the people of the nation to connect with nature, saying that the process connects us with ourselves.
Addressing the nation in the 32nd episode of his Mann Ki Baat radio programme, the Prime Minister said, “Connecting with nature is nothing but connecting with ourselves. People should connect with nature to nurture a better planet.”
Asserting that our ancestors conserved nature, Prime Minister Modi appealed that we must also show the same compassion towards future generations.
As 5th June is World Environment Day, Prime Minister Modi informed that this year the UN has chosen ‘Connecting People to Nature’ theme.
“Sprinkling a glass of water on your face, refreshes you. Fresh air makes you feel relaxed. As soon as an individual comes in contact with nature, he feels more alive and full of energy,” he added.
With the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Centre completing three years of governance, the initiatives implemented and overall performance has come under the scanner several times, which, according to the former, is said to be a key to strengthening democracy.
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Addressing the nation in the 32nd episode of his radio programme ‘ Mann ki Baat’ earlier today, the Prime Minister was of the opinion that constructive criticism strengthens democracy, adding that for an aware and awakened nation, this churning is very important.
“There have been many surveys and several opinion polls. I see this entire process as a very healthy sign. The works done during these years were tested on every touchstone. It was analysed by every segment of society. This is a great process in the democracy. I firmly believe that governments must be accountable to democracy and the public at large must be provided with a report card of works done,” he said.
Appreciating the intent behind the detailed analysis, Prime Minister Modi said it is important for flaws to be highlighted so that they can be rectified as and when necessary.
“Whether something is good, little less effective or bad, whatever it is, one has to learn from it and move ahead in life putting the learning from it into practice,” he said.
Over the past fortnight, an audit and assessment of the performance of the present government in the last three years have garnered widespread attention across various media platforms.
While the opposition has openly criticised the Centre on their failures, some were of the opinion that India is seeing a fruitful phase under the governance of Prime Minister Modi.Bombay High Court, who is leading the campaign for cleaning the beach, which was earlier considered as the dirtiest beach in the city.
“Once considered as the dirtiest beach, it has now become clean and beautiful. All credit goes to Versova Resident Volunteers. It has turned into a mass movement. I heartily congratulate Afroz Shah ji and his entire team for their efforts in cleaning Mumbai’s Versova beach. UNEP also facilitated him for his endeavors,” Prime Minister said in his 32nd edition of Mann Ki Baat address.
He also congratulated the residents of Reasi block in Jammu and Kashmir for becoming Open Defecation free.
Versova beach, which is located in north-western Mumbai, earlier was one of the dirtiest beaches in the city. Later, the officials decided to clean up the accumulating filth.
Within 85 weeks, the beach faced the massive makeover, with the help of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the citizens.
Swach Bharat Abhiyaan, is a campaign by the Government of India to clean streets, roads, infrastructure, etc across the country.
The campaign was officially launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014 at New Delhi’s Raj Ghat.