Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said energy conservation is the first and foremost way to stop global warming. Expressing concern over climate change and global warming, he said government has launched several schemes in this direction.
In his address in 14th edition of Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, the Prime Minister talked about LED bulb scheme.
He referred to Noor Jehaan of Kanpur Uttar Pradesh who has set up a solar lantern plant and lends out solar lantern to housewives at 100 rupees per month.
Referring to burning of crop residues by farmers in Punjab and Haryana, the Prime Minister said these residues are valuable and can be cut into small pieces and converted into organic manure.
These residues can also be used as animal fodder.
Conveying sympathies to the people of Tamil Nadu affected by recent floods, Mr. Modi said heavy downpour and unseasonal rainfalls are also impact of global warming.
He called for enhancing capacity building at all levels including Government and civil society to deal with such situations.
The Prime Minister said that 66 lakh people including 24 lakh women have benefitted from the recently launched Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana.
He said, Rs. 42 lakh crore have been disbursed to beneficiaries during the short span of time.
He said, most of them belong to SC, ST and OBC category who are trying to become self dependent and have a dignified life.
Stressing on the need for popularising the scheme, Mr Modi asked banks to become more sensitive so that more and more people can take its advantage.
The Prime Minister said physically and mentally challeged people are endowed with unique courage and ability and if people change their mindset towards differently abled persons, they can become source of inspiration for others.
PM Modi said, government has launched a national registry of transplantation on 27th of this month for organ donors and patients waiting for transplants.
The Prime Minister appreciated the role of ASHA workers in providing health services specially in rural areas.
PM Modi also spoke about Ek Bahrat Shrestha Bharat scheme and asked people to come forward with more suggestions to give the programme a specific shape.