Recalling how as Chief Minister of Gujarat he had developed the Sabarmati riverfront by rejuvenating the parched river with water from Narmada, he said, it helped tackle drinking water problem in Ahmedabad city. “Water table rose and people started getting pure drinking water. Earlier, the poor of the city thronged hospitals due to poor quality of drinking water, but now, in the last 10 years, there has been no epidemic in Ahmedabad,” he said.
Referring to a survey, the Prime Minister said the cause of untimely death of 40 per cent of the children in Pakistan was because they did not wash their hands before eating.
“We are no different, we share the same legacy,” he said and lauded Madhya Pradesh government's initiative when lakhs of school children created a new world record by collectively washing their hands on Global Handwashing Day. “Time has come for the country to start from here,” he said.
The Prime Minister referred to his address to UN General Assembly in which he had pitched for observation of International Yoga Day and said holistic healthcare was the need of the present times.
“Today, the atmosphere is in favour of holistic healthcare...for transformation from stressful life to stress free life. It's time we start respecting life,” he said.