Cleansing polluted Ganga, Yamuna on BJP agenda

Indore, Feb 19 (IANS) Focussing on pollution in the Ganga and Yamuna, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday formed a committee headed by former party president Rajnath Singh to prepare a programme to mobilise public support to save the rivers.

Describing the river as a symbol of faith for Indians, party president Nitin Gadkari said here during the three-day BJP leadership meet: ‘For the Ganga to remain in flow forever, it is imperative that it should be made pollution free’.

‘A committee has been formed in this regard under the leadership of Rajnath Singh. The chief ministers of some of the BJP ruled states and environment specialists will also be there to assist him. They will chart out a programme. A website will also be created.’

Initiating a discussion on the Ganga-Yamuna Shuddhi Abhiyan, Rajnath Singh said: ‘The central government had launched the Ganga action plan to make it pollution free. Crores of rupees have all ready been spent but the main target has not fulfilled yet. Instead, there is a lot of corruption. ‘

He demanded a white paper on the issue from the United Progressive Alliance government.

Supporting Rajnath Singh, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said: ‘India will be saved when the Ganga is saved.’

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