Drought and Water Scarcity Situation Reviewed by PM Modi

Part II

In the previous article “Drought and Water Scarcity Situation Reviewed by PM Modi”, we have mentioned five states who joined meeting with PM to present the current situation of urban and rural areas.

In this article, we will discuss the other drought affected states i.e. Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.

6) Madhya Pradesh

On 10th May 2016, Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi held a meeting with the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan and other staff members to review the water scarcity situation in Madhya Pradesh. In this meeting, PM Modi asked the officials to access the specific requirement of the state and to focus attention on both long term and immediate measures.

For drought affected areas in Madhya Pradesh, the total amount of Rs. 1875.80 crore has been released under NDRF and an additional amount of Rs 657.75 crore released as a central share of SDRF for 2015-16 to the State. A further amount of Rs. 345.375 crore has been released as the first instalment of SDRF for 2016-17.


CM also mentioned that total fund of Rs. 4664 crore has been released for the relief assistance and initiatives have been taken for the creation of water storage structures, implementation of Pradhan Mantri Sinchai Yojana, agriculture measures like micro irrigation, use of space technology, use of liquid fertilizer, and building farm ponds. PM Modi laid stress on the strategies to increase awareness about water storage and conservation plans. He asked the CM to involve NCC, NYKS, NSS and guides in these types of activities like tree plantation and protection of catchment area of the River Narmada.

7) Telangana

On 10th May 2016, PM Modi reviewed the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Telangana and held a meeting with CM of Telangana, Shri K. Chandrashekar Rao, Senior officials from the Government of India, and the State of Telangana.  He stressed the importance of using urban waste water for irrigation in adjoining rural areas and use of remote sensing and space technology to identify blocked water channels that be targeted for desolation through public participation.

In this meeting, CM mentioned about the progress of Mission Kakatiya for the rejuvenation of water tanks and other water storage structures in the State, micro-irrigation that has covered 40,000 hectares in the State. He discussed the Mission Bhagiratha for providing safe drinking water to rural households. It was mentioned that total fund of Rs. 712.62 crore has been provided to the State under NDRF and an additional amount of Rs 205.5 crore released as a central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16 to the State. It was informed that an amount of Rs. 108 crore has been provided as the first instalment of SDRF for 2016-17.

CM also suggested delineation of the entire country into “crop colonies,” so that specific strategies could be evolved accordingly. PM Modi appreciated the suggestion and said that soil health cards aim to achieve the same objective. He encouraged the State to come up with a model plan.
8) Karnataka

On 7th May 2016, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting with the Chief Minister of the state Shri Siddaramaiah and senior officials to discuss the drought and water scarcity situation in Karnataka. The Chief Minister explained the various measures undertaken by the State Government, including construction of farm ponds, desilting, steps towards drip irrigation, and ensuring adequate drinking water supply. PM Modi discussed on various measures for desilting, water conservation and recharging of ground water. He urged to focus on desilting, farm tanks and check dams over the next 30 to 40 days, before the onset of the monsoon.

In this meeting, it was informed that total fund of Rs. 207 crore will be released as a central share of SDRF for 2015-16 and a further amount of Rs. 108.75 crore has already been released as the first instalment of SDRF for 2016-17. It was mentioned that Rs. 603 crore will be provided for water conservation and drought proofing under government scheme and Rs. 830 crore will be released under agriculture schemes. CM was thankful for the financial assistance of Rs. 1540.20 crore for the farmers and this amount will be provided to the farmers through RTGS. The schemes like waste water management, water conservation and construction of water bodies, drip irrigation can provide the best solution in a drought like conditions. Stressing on these, PM asked the state to increase GSDP and investment. He asked NITI Aayog to make an index for the determination of water management and conservation.


9) Maharashtra

On 7th May 2016, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting on the drought and water scarcity situation in parts of Maharashtra. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and Senior Officials were present in the meeting. In this meeting, PM asked the state government to work together with the NGOs and Citizens to resolve the drought condition. He said that we should focus on the medium and long solution for this type of critical condition that can leave a great impact on our life. He emphasized the importance of increasing water use efficiency through drip irrigation and sprinkler which can enhance the product quality and hence benefits. CM mentioned that the state is focusing on ensuring that 100% of sugarcane growth will come under the drip irrigation plan in the next three years.

PM Modi asked the state government to adopt the modern and traditional methods for the water conservation. He also mentioned that we should work on the water management practices and measures and modern solid and liquid waste management practices that can boost up the water and organic fertilizer availability in the farming areas. The Chief Minister mentioned that the State is focusing on Climate Resilient Agriculture; and has proposed a Climate Resistant Agriculture Modernization Project for a World Bank loan, to ensure water security at the farm level. He apprised PM for the progress of the Jal Yukt Shivar Abhiyan for water conservation and storage. The state will cover 51500 farm ponds by the end of this year which will increase the productivity and revenue stream.

CM spoke on the efforts of the state towards “doubling farm incomes and drought-free Maharashtra.” He mentioned about the successful completion of critical irrigation projects in Vidarbha and Marathwada areas. Reviewing the reports, PM laid stress on the value addition, crop diversification, broad basing the income sources for farmers by connection poultry, fishery, dairying, and bee-keeping.

10) Uttar Pradesh

On 7th May 2016, PM Modi chaired a meeting with the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Akhilesh Yadav and state government officials to review the water scarcity situation. In this meeting, PM stressed on the use of technology modes like satellite imaging and remote sensing for the planning of recharge structures and water conservation which can provide help for the medium and long term solutions for a drought like conditions.

PM said that there is a need to change the cropping patterns which will be based on the scientific advice, fertigation for water use efficiency, use of sprinkle irrigation and drip, public participation especially the women sector for water management plans. CM mentioned the action plan for the revival and restoration of 78999 water structures like farm ponds, tanks and one lakh recharge sectors and water bodies. These plans will be executed under Pradhan Mantri Sinchai Yojana and MNREGA.

In this meeting, it was mentioned that an amount of Rs. 934.32 crore will be released to the State under NDRF. This is in addition to Rs 506.25 crore released as a central share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2015-16 to the State. A further amount of Rs. 265.87 crore has been released as the first installment of SDRF for 2016-17.

PM Modi asked the state officials to use treated urban waste water for the farming in adjoining areas. He mentioned about the monitoring the water delivery through tankers in the affected areas. He praised the efforts of state government like provision of food and drinking water to the needy people in Bundelkhand, water and fodder for the cattle, employment etc. He further asked the CM to include execute water conservation plans before the upcoming monsoon. These plans will include recharging of the river, desalting and water storage mechanisms.

Contributor: Sunpreet Kaur


Apple CEO Tim Cook met Indian prime minister Narendra Modi

On his maiden visit to India, Apple CEO Tim Cook met Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on 21st May 2016 and discussed the possibility of manufacturing Apple products in India and also pool young Indian talents. Tim Cook is on his 4-day visit to India where he met many business delegates as well as attended informal dinner hosted by Shah Rukh Khan in his house. His visit is seen as a great development towards the Narendra Modi’s ambitious Make in India campaign which aims to create and make India a manufacturing hub.

Narendra Modi explained the Government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, and identified it’s three key objectives; e-education, health and increasing farmers’ incomes. Prime Minister sought support from Apple in making these objectives viable and also encouraged Tim Cook to help the global community overcome the challenges of Cyber Crime and security.

During the meet, Tim Cook discussed with Narendra Modi issues involving data encryption and cyber-security. Tim Cook appreciated the young talent of India and also shared Apple Inc’s future plans for India. Apple CEO also launched an updated version of the popular Prime Minister’s mobile app at the meeting. Narendra Modi took on twitter to thanks, Tim Cook for the gesture.

Their meeting involved informal chat session where Cook narrated to Modi the experience in India which included a visit to Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai and watching a cricket match in Kanpur. Cook also appreciated the ease of doing business in India, an initiative by Narendra Modi which has been given due impetus in order to appease the businessman and make business more competitive as well as effective.

In response, Narendra Modi appreciated Cook’s vision and said, “Seeing is believing, and such visits will definitely strengthen the relations and would steer business”. Narendra Modi and Tim Cook shared stories of innovation and entrepreneurship that they had come across in application development and renewable energy which Apple believe to implement in all their manufacturing plants. Tim Cook said the company is looking India as a long term partner and said it is absolutely the right time to be here as telecom firms roll out high-speed internet services.

However, the visit may take a stir as through different sources it is revealed that Tim Cook was looking for an opportunity to sell second-hand i-phones in India which are believed to irk the Government given the adherence of rules and also objections by different mobile manufacturing companies. i-phone which saw the decline in sales for the first time in the world registered 56% increase in sale in India. Apple is looking to strengthen the Indian market as an elsewhere drop in sales may affect the Apple’s operating module.

Contributor : Shivaji Singh


Drought and Water Scarcity Situation Reviewed by PM Modi

Part I

As summer heats strike the entire country, there are many regions in the nation that are unable to access water for the daily needs. Water scarcity situation involves water shortage, water deficit or water stress. There are many factors responsible for this situation like pollution, conflict, climate change, increased demand, overuse of water, drought, global warming etc. The lack of water sources has raised many difficulties in our daily life. In India, the revenue data of various districts has provided a clear indication that dry conditions can bring water scarcity in many parts of the states from April to June of this year. There are many regions that have been facing drought like condition for the second consecutive year.

For this critical condition, Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting with the government officers of various states i.e. Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Telangana, and Maharashtra. According to PM Modi, the water crisis is a serious situation to consider as it has been affecting the lives of many people.

1) Chhattisgarh

On 17th May 2016, PM Modi held a meeting with the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh and officials of State and Government of India to discuss the drought and water scarcity situation in the state. CM of the state mentioned about the initiatives for the water conservation measure which include 8055 farm ponds and water bodies and construction of 9851 groundwater recharge structures and construction of 44,181 new farm ponds. Moreover, various initiatives have been taken by the state government in order to provide drinking water and food grains in the rural areas.

He mentioned about the remote sensing technology which is used to determine plan irrigation strategies and watersheds. In order to deal with water scarcity situations, an amount of Rs. 835.695 crore has been released to the state under NDRF (National Disaster Response Fund). Further an amount of Rs. 94.875 crore has been provided as the first installment of this fund for the year 2016-17.

The Chief Minister mentioned about the state programs to construct anicuts and the state govt. afforestation efforts. He also spoke about the state’s strategy to double the farmer’s income by the year 2022. He thanked the PM for implementing the recommendation of 14th Finance Commission. He also mentioned that the state government has successfully restarted the Piped Water Schemes with the additional funds that have been made available to the local bodies.

2) Andhra Pradesh

On 17th May 2016, Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi attended a high-level meeting with the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri N Chandrababu Naidu and members of State and Government of India. In this meeting, CM mentioned about the efforts of states in reviving lift irrigation schemes, building check dams, progress in micro-irrigation (that has covered a target of 20 lakh hectares) and deploying mobile sprinkle units as part of the drought mitigation effort.

PM reviews drought and water scarcity situation at high level meeting with Andhra Pradesh CM

Under the National Disaster Response Fund, the total amount of Rs. 313.95 crore has been released for this critical condition and a further amount of Rs. 173.25 crore has been provided as the first installment of this fund for this year. PM Modi praised the research programs and practices in various fields. He laid stress on various parameters like water conservation, enhanced productivity, and saving in terms of reduced input costs of fertilizers, pesticides, and labor.

CM also described the brief presentation on how the state government is using technology modes to determine the real-time updates on water and agriculture from the ground. Appreciating these efforts, PM Modi urged the NITI Aayog to set up a task force in consultation with the State that could come up with a model on how to use technology for crop insurance. He praised the initiatives that have been taken in agriculture field like soil health improvement and checking of diversion of urea.

3) Gujarat:

On 16th May 2016, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired meeting with the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel and senior officials of state and government of India. He laid stress on water conservation plans, recharge, and the creation of water bodies. During this meeting, it was observed that the water supply through pipelines has been provided to 77% of households in Gujarat State. Due to insufficient rainfall for the second consecutive year, the water scarcity situation is noticed in different regions. So, the water distribution in the remote areas is carried through 568 tankers. PM Modi did appreciate this effort of state government.


He mentioned about 42.3 billion cubic feet storage capacity of dams and ponds i.e. 2.74 lakh pounds, 1.68 lakh check dams, and 1.25 lakh Bori Bandhs which can provide water to 6.32 hectares.

The water saving efforts like micro irrigation that has been achieved in 3789 villages, is a great example for the other states. Even, the creation of an elaborate canal network under the Sardar Sarovar Irrigation Scheme has led to a significant increase in the crop production. It has created a positive on the income of farmers. PM Modi mentioned about value addition in the horticulture and cash crops. He asked the officials to boost up the sectors like bee-keeping, fishery, seaweed and pearl culture.

4) Rajasthan

On 14th May 2016, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired meeting with the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Smt. Vasundhara Raje and other senior officials of the State Government. During this meeting, it has been observed that the state has faced drought like condition for the last 67 years. The government has agreed to release a total of Rs. 911.64 crore under NDRF and first installment will be funded with an amount of Rs. 434.25 crore under the SDRF for this year.

PM laid stress on the mass movement for the generation water conservation plans. He urged youth organizations like NSS, NYKS, Scouts and NCC to actively participate in creating the water shortage structures. He asked the government to involve public for the traditional water storage structures in the state. For agriculture, micro irrigation and rain harvesting methods should opt so that farmers can continue their work effectively. In Rajasthan, seven lakh water conservation structures will be established in the next four years.

5) Jharkhand

On 14th May 2016, Indian PM Modi held a meeting on drought and water scarcity situation with the Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shri Raghubar Das and other senior officials of the State. According to statistical reports, it has been observed that total amount of Rs. 273 crore has been funded under SDRF and Rs. 143.25 crore has been provided as the first installment. Even the state has also disbursed Rs. 376 crore to 12 lakh farmers under SDRF, through DBT. Insurance claims of Rs. 53 crore were also settled through DBT.

In Jharkhand, plans will be executed to double the irrigation area from 19 to 40% in the next two years. The state government is also looking forward to water conservation techniques by building additional five lakh ponds under MNREGA. Along with this, rain harvesting techniques will be started so that the farmers can reduce the production cost of crops.

PM Modi emphasized on the importance of regular soil monitoring process with the soil health cards. According to him, “Mobilization, Momentum, and Mechanism” are required to implement the modern agriculture techniques. The advanced technology modes are also used to find out the water bodies in the expecting areas.

Contributor:Sunpreet Kaur




BJP Victory in Assam : Narendra Modi congratulate people of Assam for the victory

Narendra Modi on 19th May 2016 congratulated people of Assam for the history win, first ever in the northeastern states which were always considered a tough nut to crack for the BJP. Jubilant by the win, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the mandate clearly shows that people are supporting the party’s ideology of development and that it would provide new energy to further work towards the upliftment of common masses. He said, “Popularity of BJP has risen rapidly and has found popular acceptance throughout the country”. From being limited to Hindi speaking also referred to as cow belt, BJP victory in Assam could be a good sign for the upcoming state elections.

While addressing party workers at the BJP headquarter, Modi said “The voters have bestowed faith in BJP. Formation of government in Assam by BJP may turn out be surprising for some people as was the party’s participation in government in Jammu & Kashmir. The poll results have shown that ideology of BJP which focuses on the development and its efforts to bring about a change in the lives of common masses through different initiatives and schemes is getting well acceptance and support of the people”.

Narendra Modi took on Twitter to thank BJP president Amit Shah and his team as well as karyakartas who worked tirelessly in the five states which went into poll over the last few days; West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry. Barring few scuffles elections were conducted peacefully throughout the states. Narendra also conveyed the best wishes to Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalitha over the phone for their win in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. Federal governance has always been given impetus by Narendra Modi emphasising on cooperative development between centre and state.

BJP won 86/124 seats in Assam, comfortably gaining majority where INC got limited to 26 seats and 14 seats went to others. BJP couldn’t open an account in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry while it got limited to 1 in Kerala and 3 in West Bengal. It could be a stepping stone for the party which has seen a rise from 6 seats out of 712 in 2011 to 64 out of 698 in 2016. BJP has made their presence felt first time in the north eastern and southern states. Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar credited the win to Modi and also Amit Shah for choosing the right candidates and pitching in development as the sole agenda. Union power minister Piyush Goyel termed the win in Assam as a review of good governance where people are appreciating the “Sab ka sath, sab ka Vikash” module and is also dismantling corruption and opportunists political parties.

Contributor: Shivaji Singh


Vichar Kumbh: PM Addressed International Convention on Universal Message of Simhastha

On 14 May 2016, Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi visited Ninaura near Ujjain to address the International Convention on the Universal Message of Simhastha. This three-day international seminar was held from 12th to 14th May 2016. At this event, other members: Mr. RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, Swami Avdheshanand Ji, Swami Ramdev and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev were also visited to have interaction with the people. President of Sri Lanka Mr. Maithripala Sirisena also joined this convention with PM Modi. This seminar had represented the focus on the evolution of ancient Indian culture and development of Madhya Pradesh.

Addressing a large gathering at Kumbh Mela, PM Modi mentioned this event as a “Vichar Kumbh”. He mentioned this convention as the initiation of new efforts. According to him, this will be the modern edition of all those rituals that might have happened in the ancient times. Moreover, this will provide a new version to the people who have strong belief in the traditional and spiritual values.

In this event, ambassadors of various countries were invited and a reception committee of local public representatives was constituted. Brilliant scholars on various subjects from all over the country attended this seminar. Other programs like Beti Bachao Abhiyan, Global Warming, Swachhata Abhiyan, Science, Spiritualism, Women Empowerment, Climate Change, Cottage Industry and Agriculture were held during this seminar.

Speaking at the event, Shri Narendra Modi described all about Indian tradition, culture and the history of Kumbh Mela. He mentioned this event as one of the major gathering programs, where people from different states join together for the spiritual activities. He said that Indian saints had discovered amazing ideas and techniques to keep the balance between human life and nature. The process of research and innovation comprises a vast history in our nation. Rishi Munis and Saints had worked on these practices for the proper determination of different aspects.

In the words of PM Modi, “We belong to a tradition where even a Bhikshuk says, may good happen to the person who gives me & even the person who does not.”

Shri Narendra Modi mentioned various other illustrations of the values and humanism which signify and describe the Indian Culture in an interesting way. This new disclosure will be effective not only in India but in the abroad countries also.

He said that this “Vichar Kumbh” should be held every year so that we can get an amazing opportunity to discuss the important issues like education of girl child, afforestation etc. He said that the agenda of this major event is revised after every three years and the lack and changes of the previous event are observed by the official authorities.

Shri Narendra Modi said, “There was a PM, Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji, who urged the nation to skip an evening meal & so many people did exactly that.”

He said that we should come together in the difficult situations. The combined efforts can be fruitful for the entire nation. He explained this with the example of a gas subsidy. Many people all over the country have left the subsidy plans and welcomed the new scheme i.e. Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana which is executed keeping in mind the health of women, pollution, and suitability.

In the words of Shri Narendra Modi, “योगः कर्मसु कौशलम्”

It means- Complete focus and dedication to action without any attachment to the ensuing results is the real key to living a fulfilling life as a true Karma Yogi. This is the core message which Lord Krishna has conveyed to Arjuna while explaining Karma Yoga in Bhagavad Gita.

PM Modi explained the meaning of “तमसो मा ज्योतिरगमय”. It means we should lead us from unreal to the real world and from darkness to light.

India is a country where people of different religions are living together. In order to reduce all conflicts, we should focus on the management so that we can help each other at the difficult times. PM Modi said that we should focus on the importance of moral, social and spiritual values. He laid stress on the important matters like global warming and terrorism. In order to overcome these challenges, we should raise our level of thinking and discover new ideas and plans that can work on a wide platform.

According to him, this event is listed as the most important and large gathering event and the preparation of which is started several months ago. In order to organize every program and activity in a proper manner, the true potential of many people and groups has been involved. These activities also let the officials determine their organizing capacity.

PM Modi said, “Can we not tell the world about the organizing capacity of an event like the Kumbh.”

PM Modi highlighted the achievement of the nation like technology modes in the processes of Election Commission, Management of public events etc. He said that India has played a major role in presenting all the concerns of climate and global warming.  He described this Kumbh Mela as the topic of a case study, which should be included as the subject of management in different universities of the world.

He said that we should take initiatives to protect the elements of nature like water, plants and forests. We can involve these activities in our daily schedule. Moreover, this will also encourage the people to protect nature in the best possible ways. PM Modi urged the people to accept the changes in their life which can not only help them to become strong but also give them the confidence to overcome all the challenges of life. He said that we should develop our mind and qualities, only then we will be able to solve the troubles of life.

PM Modi gave appreciation to the efforts of Mr. Shivraj who took instant actions and made all the arrangement within a short time span. He was pleased with the efforts of people because of which this event was successfully organized.

Contributor: Sunpreet Kaur