NEW DELHI :
On the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in US on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that terrorism was a global problem and all countries must come together to act against countries harbouring and supporting terrorists.
Without naming Pakistan, Modi said the world community should condemn and act against a neighbouring country, which supports terrorists and acts of terror directed at other countries.
“Terrorism is a global threat, our neighbour is harbouring terrorists. The world should come together against the neighbour. We can tackle terror originating from our neighbour, we have done it in the past and we will do it again in future," Modi said while addressing a public gathering in Mathura, his first visit since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2019 Lok Sabha polls with a massive mandate for its second consecutive term.
The PM said that the world would be incomplete without nature, environment and animals, and it was the need of the hour for present-day India to strike a balance between development and environment, and water conservation.
A section of people who feel cow protection is pushing India back to the 16th century are ruining the country, he said. “Environment and animal husbandry have been an integral part of India’s thought process. It is for this reason that clean India mission, availability of safe drinking water, animal husbandry are being promoted by the government. There should be a balance between economic growth and environment and only then we will be able to build a strong New India," said Modi.
The PM added that all Indians, self-help groups, civil society, non-government organization, should take a pledge to stop using single-use plastic.
Modi was in Mathura to inaugurate the National Animal Disease Control Programme, which seeks to eradicate foot and mouth disease and brucellosis in livestock. The project, which will cumulatively cost ₹12,652 crore till 2024, will be funded by the government. The programme aims to control livestock diseases by 2025 and eradicate them by 2030.