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Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi urges students to join 'Swachh Bharat' internship

Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi urges students to join 'Swachh Bharat' internship

He said that after these farmers started selling Chaulai (Amaranth) in the form of biscuits directly in the market, their income doubled with the price of grain went to Rs 50 per kg from Rs 25 per kg. "Seven thousand workers under MNREGA worked very hard for seventy days and finally succeeded in reviving Kuttumperoor river there", the prime minister said. "I too enjoyed watching the match", Modi said. Modi also pointed out that the government was doing its utmost in conservation of water, from Manarkovil, Chiran Mahadevi, Kovilpatti or Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu, with management for droughts, rock inscription on irrigation and other methods to ease the wastage of water. "In the last three years, almost 150 lakh hectares of land got more benefit through water conservation and water management measures".

"Are you aware that of the wrestlers who represented India, each one returned with a medal?"

PM Modi said the Indian athletes had lived up to the expectations of their countrymen in Gold Coast. The athletes who participated in the Games came from different parts of the country, from smaller cities.

He said once again April, May, June and July are before the country and everyone must take up some responsibility for water harvesting and water conservation. He said Yoga has a special significance in the Fit India campaign.

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The PM asked youngsters to join the Swachh Bharat Summer Internship 2008' launched by his government and announced incentives, including credit point by the UGC, for participants, saying it is an opportunity for those who want to make a change in the society. He added that this programme can be "a good opportunity" for those who wish to make a difference in the society.

The best of the interns who have strived in schools and colleges with excellent work will be rewarded with recognition at the national level. Youth can register themselves for the "Swachh Bharat Summer Internship" on Mygov open forum. He said, impressed by the bold initiative of the farmers, the administration has also linked it to the National Livelihood Mission. His life taught people to walk the path of equality and brotherhood, Mr. Modi said. The prime minister also quoted from the teachings of Prophet Mohammad as the month of Ramadan is scheduled to begin in mid-May.

"On May 11, 1998, at India's western end a nuclear test was conducted in Pokhran, Rajasthan". "Lord Buddha had shown the world that the power of inner strength or that of the soul is necessary for peace".

In his concluding remarks, Modi said that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Pokhran tests.


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