Not just Water, other depts roped in for Ganga cleanup

HRD is one of the several ministries being asked to assist in the government’s Namami Gange programme.

Written by Ritika Chopra , Amitabh Sinha | New Delhi | Published:January 27, 2016 1:34 am
Ganga, National Green Tribunal, NGT, Ganga cleanup, Clean ganga, Plastic, Save Ganga, Ganga NGT, nation news, india news The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has been asked to prioritise its initiatives to establish open defecation-free gram panchayats along the banks of the river.

The Human Resource Development Ministry has been asked to help set up a national-level institution or a university that offers courses on applied river sciences in order to create expertise in cleaning and rejuvenating the Ganga and other rivers.

HRD is one of the several ministries being asked to assist in the government’s Namami Gange programme.

A number of ministries are being assigned tasks, in line with their responsibilities and area of work.
The Water Resources Ministry, overseeing the Namami Gange programme, is in the process of signing MoUs with other ministries to accomplish these objectives.

The HRD Ministry has been told to develop a suitable course framework for the new institution in consultation with the University Grants Commission and the All India Council of Technical Education. The ministry has been put in charge of developing knowledge and skills, and spreading awareness and “environmental literacy” among people.

Existing institutions or universities that have bilateral exchange or networking programmes with foreign institutions are also being encouraged to develop courses or generate data related to river rejuvenation and pollution abatement through their international tie-ups.

When the government had launched the Ganga cleaning exercise, it had talked about setting up a Ganga University to create knowledge in the area. It is not yet clear whether the job given to the HRD Ministry is the implementation of the same idea, or if a separate Ganga University will also be set up.

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has been asked to prioritise its initiatives to establish open defecation-free gram panchayats along the banks of the river. It has also been told to create solid and liquid waste management facilities in rural areas and develop model villages or Ganga grams.

Similarly, the Tourism Ministry is being made responsible for promoting eco-friendly tourism activities by providing suitable amenities and transport facilities in order to avoid unwarranted pollution from tourists. The Shipping Ministry has been entrusted with the job of developing sustainable shipping and river transport infrastructure.

Many other ministries have also been asked to make contributions to the Ganga cleaning exercise (see box). Last month, the Railway Ministry offered to buy treated water from some of the sewage treatment plants (STPs) being set up in towns along river Ganga. Creating a market for the treated water is seen as an important step in making the STPs sustainable in the long run.

HRD to Sports, Rural to Tourism

HRD Ministry
* Set up a new institution to create expertise in river sciences
* Spread education, awareness about need to keep rivers clean

Rural Development
* Prioritise implementation of PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) programme in villages along the Ganga
* Use NREGA to support activities of Namami Gange programme

Drinking Water and Sanitation
* Prioritise open defecation-free villages along the river
* Create waste management facilities in those villages

Tourism
* Take steps to minimise pollution from tourist activities

AYUSH
* Develop conservation plan for medicinal plants in Gangetic region
* Ensure medicinal biodiversity

Shipping
* Create shipping and river transport infrastructure

Youth Affairs and Sports
* Encourage youth, volunteers and sportspersons to engage in activities related to Ganga cleaning
* Promote awareness and public outreach activities

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    MyTake
    Jan 26, 2016 at 9:06 pm
    [The HRD Ministry has been told to develop a suitable course framework for the new insution in consultation with the University Grants Commission and the All India Council of Technical Education. The ministry has been put in charge of developing knowledge and skills, and spreading awareness and “environmental literacy” among people.] Universities/Insutions can ign their research projects to this to come up with value able ideas and solutions. May be some ideas can be picked up and funded with the researchers leading the project. Another start up idea right stepping out of the insution.
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      Bijan Mohanty
      Jan 27, 2016 at 3:53 am
      Remember, UP election round the corner. New publicity drama has started through print media and electronic media with the following agenda--- 1. Master plan for Ganga clean up ( Where was Ganga for last 2 years ? ) 2.Ram Mandir Construction ( construction heat will remain till elections and then vanish) 3. News of atrocities on majority Community with a religious Tinge ( Atrocity does neither have a religion or place such as UP)ill elections. Voting finishes, these news will get a quiet burial.
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        Karunakaran
        Jan 27, 2016 at 2:41 am
        The HRD minister is not educated (unless you think Standard 12 is education). What is needed is having a ministry for myth busting. Of course, you need an educated person for this. Not someone from the BJP or RSS - both of which thrive through myth creation. The Minister for Myth Busting will then initiate the programs to teach people that, if one insists on his belief in heaven, one can not reach heaven by defecating in Ganga, or one cannot reach heaven by having one's lifeless body rotting in Ganga. The Minister for Myth Busting will need to spend time in educating people, and not in punishing Dalits (like what we hear about the current HRD minister).
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          Kaliyug
          Jan 27, 2016 at 2:36 am
          Before the clean-up begins there should be plenty of clean and safe toilets everywhere, the gray water has to be pumped into stations where they are sanitized before sending it back into the river. All this half hazard methods of clean-up are great in front of the press and produce no results. Unfortunately Ganges river is filled with city filth including the dead bodies of every kind of animal and humans. Most of the sewage just flows into the Ganges and no one knows where these pipes come from. There is no city planning in India, it was never there in history and is not there after 67 years. Even today most of buildings that go up are not approved, the builders and the mafia bribe the ministers and their henchmen and construct shoddy homes and sell it away and wash their hands if any questions arise.
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            Chavali
            Jan 27, 2016 at 2:06 am
            Look at CAG audit report. The Ministry of Water Resource Development had more than 50 per cent savings of their budget. NDA Government always show their good intentions and fail to translate into action. Modi proved to be different initially, but, he is more interested in his self promotion than in Governance and some inefficient ministers inducted based on geographical and caste considerations.
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              Dillip Patnaik
              Jan 27, 2016 at 2:40 am
              The way India government has planned to keep Ganga clean is not going to work unless the local people, panchayats on the banks of Ganga seriously and sincerely involved to keep it clean. Proper sanitation, garbage and sewage disposal and landscaping of the surroundings has to be properly planned and maintained.
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                FRANCIS COUTINHO
                Jan 27, 2016 at 10:32 am
                university of life
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                  madan gupta
                  Jan 27, 2016 at 1:36 am
                  it will end up in trillion rupee scam and will be known as the biggest nda scam. ganga will be more polluted. industrialists pay very heavy bribe money to the states for dumping their waste in dirty ganga, no more a holy ganga..
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