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PM Modi chairs 1st meeting of National Ganga Council in Kanpur

He stressed on a three pronged focus on ‘swachhta’, ‘aviralta’ and ‘nirmalta’.

The Prime Minister urged for a holistic process where ‘Namami Gange’ evolves to ‘Arth Ganga’ or a sustainable development model with a focus on economic activities related to Ganga.

As part of this process, farmers should be encouraged to engage in sustainable agriculture practices, including zero budget farming, planting of fruit trees and building plant nurseries on the banks of Ganga. Priority could be given to women Self Help Groups and ex-servicemen organizations for these programs.

The National Ganga Council has been given overall responsibility to oversee and coordinate efforts towards pollution prevention and rejuvenation of River Ganga Basin, including Ganga and its tributaries. For the first time, the Central Government had made commitment of Rs. 20,000 crores for the period 2015-20 to the five states through which Ganga passes, to ensure adequate as well as uninterrupted water flows in the river.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a boat ride from Atal Ghat. He inspected the successfully completed work of cleaning at Sisamau Nala and was briefed on the efforts made to Clean Ganga in Kanpur.

Prime Minister emphasized that a jan aandolan or people’s movement led by aware citizens is the need of the hour to ensure a Nirmal Ganga.

PM suggested the setting up of a Digital Dashboard so that data from villages and urban bodies can be monitored on a daily basis by Niti Ayog and Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Prime Minister also said that like aspirational districts, all districts bordering Ganga should be made a focus area for monitoring efforts under Namami Gange.

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