World River Day: PM Modi urges people to observe ‘river festival’ once a year

Ensure that no one is left out of vaccination’s circle of safety: PM

New Delhi, Sept 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to celebrate the ‘river festival” on the occasion of “World River Day” on Sunday to connect with the traditions which are associated with rivers for centuries in our country.
Addressing the 81st episode of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, PM Modi said, “We mark so many days, but there is one more day we should celebrate. It is ‘World River Day’. This day is such which is very consistent with the traditions of India.”
He called September an important month, a month when we celebrate World River Day, and said it is a day to remember the contribution of our rivers that selflessly provide us with water.
The Prime Minister said for Indian rivers are not a “physical thing, but a living entity”.
“As we celebrate World River Day today, I urge the people across the country to mark a ‘river festival’ at least once a year,” he said.
“In our scriptures, even a little pollution in the rivers is said to be wrong,” he said and urged the people to follow the principles of Mahatma Gandhi “who had done the work of making cleanliness a mass movement” and keep the rivers clean.
The radio programme comes after his recently-concluded visit to the United States where he addressed the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Meanwhile ahead of the festival season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to keep following Covid protocol and ensure that no one is left out of vaccination’s “circle of safety”.
In his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address, Modi said the festival season is approaching and when the whole country will celebrate ‘Maryada Purshottam’ Shri Ram’s victory over evil, people should remember the fight against Covid also.
“Team India is creating several records daily on this front. Several records have been created in the vaccination drive which are being discussed globally,” Modi said.
“We not only have to get the vaccine administered when it’s our turn, but we also have to ensure that no one is left out of this circle of safety,” he said.
Even after getting vaccinated, the necessary protocol has to be followed, Modi said, adding that he hopes once again Team India will keep the flag flying high in this fight against the Covid pandemic.
In his remarks, PM Modi, on the occasion of the World Rivers Day, called for collective efforts to keep our rivers pollution-free.
He also called for making record business of Khadi products on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on October 2. (AGENCIES)