Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly condemned the violence in Uttar Pradesh during the protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, saying there was a need to “introspect”.
“People who damaged public property and were involved in violence in the name of protest in UP, should introspect if what they did was right,” PM Modi said in his address at the foundation laying ceremony of Atal Bihari Medical University in Lucknow.
“Issues of Article 370 and Ram Temple have been resolved peacefully. The way to give citizenship to refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan has been cleared. 130 crore Indians have found solution to such challenges with confidence,” he added.
Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act had broken out in several districts of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, leaving at least 17 people dead and moveable and immoveable assets damaged, mostly in arson.
Earlier, launched PM Modi, launched Atal Bhujal Scheme for better management of groundwater, stressing on the need to use technology which helps prevent wastage of water in various spheres, including agriculture.
He also named Rohtang passageway in Himachal Pradesh as Atal Tunnel to mark the 95th birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Urging farmers to switch over to crops that use less water, he exhorted people not to waste the precious natural resource in daily household needs.
He urged start-ups to come up with technology to ensure minimal use of water for various needs.
Modi said only three crore out of 18 crore rural households today have clean, piped water.
The plan, he said, is to provide the remaining 15 crore rural households with piped water in the next five years.