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Uma Bharati asks WAPCOS to join ‘Namami Gange’

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New Delhi: Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati on Tuesday asked the public sector premier consultancy organization WAPCOS Ltd to extend its services to the government’s flagship programme of ‘Namami Gange’.

The programme, with a budget outlay of Rs.20,000 crore for the next five years, integrates the efforts to clean and protect the Ganga in a comprehensive manner.

Praising the work carried out by WAPCOS in Afghanistan under adverse circumstances, Uma Bharati urged the mini ratna firm to join her ministry in the river clean-up programme with full vigour.

Earlier, WAPCOS chairman and managing director RK Gupta presented a dividend cheque of Rs 16.50 crore for the year 2014-2015 to the minister.

During 2014-2015, the company achieved the highest ever gross income of Rs.928.30 crore, profitability of Rs.111.05 crore and secured new business of Rs.1,375.92 crore.

The net worth of WAPCOS, under the ministry of water resources, has reached Rs.309.31 crore.

Established in 1969, the company provides consultancy services in the fields of water resources, power and infrastructure. It has several projects across India, Asia and Africa.

“WAPCOS is now planning to increase its operations in Latin America and CIS countries,” the water resources ministry said in a statement.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Uma Bharti vow to clean up Ganga

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Lucknow, April 8, 2017: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday met Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Conservation Minister Uma Bharti and assured her of all support and cooperation from the state government in cleaning up the Ganga.

“The largest stretch of the river passes through Uttar Pradesh and hence it is even more the responsibility of the state to keep the river clean,” he said, while underlining that for success of the ‘Namami Gange’ project, it is necessary that its tributaries are also cleaned up.

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The entire machinery of the state will now have to work on a war footing for this purpose, Adityanath said, stressing on the need of holding meetings of heads of the development blocks, members of the local Panchayats and village heads of districts on the banks of the river so that the cleaning up of the Ganga is take up in a mission mode.

Uma Bharti said that in absence of support and cooperation in the past regimes in Uttar Pradesh, the ‘Namami Gange’ project was not achieving the desired results but now that the present government is headed by a dedicated saint like him, she was sure that the Ganga cleaning would be a success.

Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Conservation Secretary Amarjeet Singh said at the meeting that under the ‘Namami Gange’ project, 19 projects worth Rs 2,900 crore were being run in Allahabad, Kanpur, Varanasi, Gadhmukteshwar, Kannauj, Bulandshahr and Vrindavan through which capacity to purify 391 MLD of water would be created.

Of the 19 projects, four projects in Allahabad have been completed while work is underway on the rest. Other than this, works worth Rs 4,348 crore are proposed in the state, he said. while suggesting that the proposed works be completed on priority basis.

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Following this, the Chief Minister directed officials to ensure completion of these projects within the fixed timelines by strengthening the infrastructure and arranging for necessary facilities. He also said that the District Magistrates concerned should also be involved so that there are no hurdles in the works.

Singh also said that because of the leather industrial units in Kanpur, Unnao and Banthra, there was a lot of pollution and added that they should be treated as a cluster and pollution controlled at these places.

At this, the Chief Minister said that a decision has already been taken by the state government to shift out leather industry units out of Kanpur and Kannauj in a phased manner, which will contribute in a big way towards the success of the mission.  (IANS)

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Namami Gange: Organic farming to be promoted on the banks of river Ganga

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  • National Mission for Clean Ganga announces the adoption of Organic farming on the banks of river Ganga
  • Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh attended the MoU signing event
  • The government wants to ensure that there is a drop in input costs, while the income of farmers goes up

Delhi, Sept 17 2016: The Union Water Resources Ministry on Friday signed an MoU with the Agriculture Ministry to promote organic farming on the banks of the river Ganga.

As per the MoU, villagers residing in 1,657 villages along the river, starting from Uttarakhand to West Bengal, will be encouraged to adopt organic farming.

As per the agreement under the ‘Namami Gange’ project, each gram panchayat will be treated as a cluster under the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and will be provided training on Integrated Nutrient Management and micro-irrigation techniques by the Agriculture Ministry, an official source said.

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh attended the MoU signing event.

Union Misnister of Water Resources- Uma Bharti. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Union Misnister of Water Resources- Uma Bharti. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

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“Signing of this MoU will ensure effective and efficient implementation of various projects of ‘Namami Gange’ in coordination with the Agriculture Ministry,” Uma Bharti said.

“I hope the Agriculture Ministry will play a major role in the success of ‘Namami Gange’ programme,” she added.

The agreement also says that all related information will be provided through mobile applications and awareness will be spread about the side-effects of using chemicals, fertilisers and insecticides in farming.

Radha Mohan Singh said in order to train farmers in organic farming, the government plans to launch ‘Deen Dayal Unnat Krishi Shiksha Abhiyan’ on September 25, marking the birth centenary of Jan Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

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“We want to train 15,000 farmers in organic farming in 2016 across the country through Indian Council of Agricultural Research. The government wants to ensure that there is a drop in input costs, while the income of farmers goes up,” Singh said.

The progress of the implementation of this the will be monitored by a steering committee consisting of the nodal officers from each ministry. The committee will meet periodically, sources said.

Minister of State for Water Resources Sanjeev Balyan and senior officials attended the programme. (IANS)

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Dual funding responsible for failure of Ganga cleaning schemes: Uma Bharti

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New Delhi: Union Water Resources,River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti on Monday attributed the failures in implementation of earlier schemes for cleaning Ganga river to the dual financial model between central and state governments.

The delays and failures in implementation of schemes in the past for river cleaning were mainly due to a dual financial model that is central-state financial model,

Detailed project reports not getting completed on time and lack of ownership and responsibility among stakeholders were other stumbling blocks, she said.

All these gaps are now being internalised where a new financial model of implementation is likely to emerge that ensures 100 percent central scheme and allocation of Rs.20,000 crore straight from the central pool,

Noting that cleaning Ganga was a collective responsibility, she said her ministry has a mandate to meet the river cleaning target by October 2018.

 

(Inputs from IANS)