New Delhi: Money allocated for MGNREGA should be used for “water harvesting” to battle drought said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the 10th Civil Services Day awards ceremony.

“Everyone wants to change life in the villages. So much of money is being spent on MGNREGA,” the prime minister said, referring to the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

“I know about the drought situation in the country. There is a shortage of water. But it is also true that a good monsoon is predicted.”

“Why can’t we use the MGNREGA money to run a campaign for harvesting water in the months of April, May and June?”

“Why can’t we do de-silting, dig new ponds and clean canals and use these for water harvesting? This will help in making ends meet even if there is no rain,” PM Modi said.

“Initiatives have succeeded when ‘Jan Bhagidari’ is embraced. Engaging with civil society is very important,” he added.

PM also said, “There should be healthy competition among the district administrations in the country in the discharge of duties.”

“Only being an administrator and controller is not enough. Everybody at every level has to become an agent of change. Let us create an atmosphere where everyone can contribute. The energy of 125 crore Indians will take the nation ahead,” he said.

The prime minister urged people to view every hurdle as an opportunity.

“Only those people will be able to prosper in life who don’t get worn out and take every hurdle as an opportunity,” said Modi.

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