PM to hold review meeting on Ganga Action PlanOctober 16th, 2008 - 11:27 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said the government would do all it can for the environmental protection of the Ganga river and would hold a meeting soon to review the progress on the Ganga Action Plan.”It is the duty of all Indians to maintain the purity of the Ganga and the government will do all that is possible for the holistic environmental protection of the river,” Singh told a delegation of the Ganga Seva Abhiyan (Save Ganga Movement) here Thursday.
The delegation of environmentalists and concerned citizens was led by Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati. They asked the government to take steps to ensure the purity of the Ganga, control the flow of industrial and domestic pollutants into the river and protect its flow.
The members also asked for the setting up of a Ganga Environment Commission at the national level and for declaring the Ganga as a national river.
Singh told the delegation that he has set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into a river conservation strategy for Ganga and other important rivers.
He assured the team that he would request the GoM to hear their views.