Cleaning Ganga is a challenge, yet has potential to generate economical activity: PM Modi

News Bharati English    27-Mar-2015

New Delhi, March 27: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, called for an "uncompromising mission-mode approach" to stop further pollution of the River Ganga.

Chairing the fifth meeting of the National Ganga River Basin Authority in New Delhi, the Prime Minister said “The task of cleaning the Ganga was a challenging one, but had the potential to generate immense economical activity, and bring about a positive attitudinal change in the entire country.” 

PM said, “It is our responsibility for future generations to save the River Ganga.”

Pm asked for innovation and initiatives needed for the development in Ganga region and said “The River Ganga was associated with ‘faith’ and ‘devotion’ among millions of Indians, and the task was to convert these positive sentiments, into a feeling of responsibility. The task at hand could not be accomplished without "Jan-Bhaagidaari" (people's participation).”

The Prime Minister urged the states to pay special attention to development of towns and villages located on the banks of the River Ganga, and to ensure sufficient awareness in these areas to stop pollution.

The Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand, Bihar and Jharkhand, who were present in the meeting, also spoke in detail on the subject, and about issues related to their respective states. The themes mentioned by them included silt management, and single-window clearances for proposals from the states.

Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ms. Uma Bharati, Birender Singh, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, Sanwarlal Jat, and Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya were also present at the meeting.

The meeting was coordinated by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Union Minister for Water Resources Ms. Uma Bharati introduced the issues at hand.