Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to observe World Rivers Day and keep in mind the importance that the water body has in our lives. “We remember many days and celebrate different types. If you ask the young sons and daughters in your house, they will be able to give you a list of such days’. But there is one more day that we all should remember and this day is consistent with the traditions of India,” PM Modi, who concluded his official three-day visit to the United States, said during the 81st edition of Mann ki Baat.
“It is about connecting with the traditions with which we have been associated for centuries. This is World Rivers Day,” he added, World Rivers Day is observed on the fourth Sunday of every September and celebrates the world’s waterways. According to the site dedicated to the day, it highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.
PM Modi also said that proceeds from the ongoing special e-auction of the gifts he receives will be dedicated to the government’s flagship project ‘Namami Ganga’. The government has set up a dedicated site – pmmementos.gov.in – to display and e–auction the mementos that are priced between Rs 100 and Rs 30,000. Visitors to the site can filter through the mementos on the basis of the price range.