Water Resources & HRD Ministry join hands for Namami Gange Programme

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has called for sustained cooperation with the Ministry of Human Resources Development for the success of Namai Gange programme. Addressing a meeting regarding the role of IITs and educational institutes in Namami Gange programme in New Delhi. The Minister mentioned areas where the intervention of HRD Ministry is specifically required which includes rural sanitation, reuse of solid waste, adult education on environment –with focus on Ganga, development of projects especially for the most polluted tributaries –Ramganga, Kali and Yamuna, determination of e-flow and Jan bhagidari . She also mentioned that the major challenge for river Ganga is to keep it clean with approximately 20 crore people taking dip in the river every year. Sushri Bharti said, “Small stretches of rural areas can be adopted by educational institutes for treatment of small drains carrying rural sewage and solid waste and facilitate in providing 100% rural sanitation.”

Speaking on the occasion Union Minister for Human Resources Development Smt. Smriti Irani proposed a three-pronged approach for the involvement of her Ministry in Namami Gange programme .This will include, integration of all villages along river Ganga in Unnat Bharat Abhiyan – inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India; Special Literacy Package for Namami Gange – 100% literacy to the villages along river Ganga with special address to adult literacy and bringing team of national and international experts to develop innovative technologies and perform research in areas to address the challenges faced by river Ganga. She emphasized that most challenging part in the implementation of Namami Gange program is to bring behavioural changes and initiate a social movement. The Minister said these issues issue can be addressed by her Ministry by providing adult literacy and involvement of students in creating awareness.

The meeting started with a presentation about the various ongoing and planned activities under Namami Gange and how the educational institutes such as IITs, IISC, SPA, etc. can join in the successful implementation of Namami Gange programme. It was mutually agreed by both the Ministries that Secretaries of both the Ministries will discuss these possible approaches and identify the actionable points through which HRD Ministry can be involved in Namami Gange program. The action plan will include goal posts for three months and review of the progress every six months.

The meeting was also attended by Shri Shashi Shekhar Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Shri Vinay Sheel Oberoi Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development along with representatives from IIT Delhi and Kharagpur and Additional Mission Director, National Mission for Clean Ganga.

IndianBureaucracy.com wishes the very best.

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