Mumbai Nov 20, 2016: As the Global Citizen India 2016 — the first step of the nation to bring about positive changes in India to fight extreme poverty — took place on Saturday, prioritising on clean India movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was confident that “the day is not far when the country will be filth free”.
While addressing the youth of the nation and 80,000 attendees of Global Citizen Festival India here in Mumbai MMRDA ground via a video conference, Modi said, “It is amazing to see how the nation is participating in Swachh Bharat movement and cleaning all the corners of the nation. I am convinced that we can and we will build a Swachh Bharat that is free of all forms of filth within one generation.”
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In his speech, he also mentioned that poverty was one of the biggest challenges for any developing country along with malnutrition, unemployment, corruption that posed challenges to grow.
The prime minister said, “We have to work towards our mission shoulder to shoulder to make it successful.”
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Global Citizen India is a movement brought to India by Global Citizen, a social action platform and The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (GELF), an organisation focused on cultivating ethical, altruistic leadership to improve the state of the planet through collective action.
From Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Alia Bhatt and many other Bollywood stars to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fednavis and the iconic English band Coldplay participated to bring people together and stand for a noble cause that celebrate humanity and fight against poverty. (IANS)
The meeting was attended by Union Ministers for Jal Shakti, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Urban Affairs, Power, Tourism, Shipping, and the Chief Ministers of UP and Uttarakhand, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, the Vice-Chairman of the Niti Aayog and other senior officials
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the River Ganga rejuvenation should be an example of cooperative federalism and it has been a long-pending challenge.
The Prime Minister made this observation at the first meeting of the National Ganga Council in Kanpur, UP, on Saturday. The meeting was aimed at reinforcing the importance of a Ganga-centric approach in all departments of the states concerned as well as relevant central ministries.
He also asked for formation of a digital dashboard where data from villages and urban bodies would be monitored on a daily basis by the Niti Ayog and the Ministry of Jal Shakti. All districts bordering Ganga should be made a focus area for monitoring efforts under the Namami Gange project, he said.
Modi said a lot had been accomplished since the government took up ‘Namami Gange’ in 2014 as a comprehensive initiative, integrating various government efforts and activities, with the aim of reducing pollution, and conservation and rejuvenation of Ganga.
Notable achievements had been zero waste creation by paper mills and reduction in pollution from tanneries, he said and added, but a lot was required to be done.
The Prime Minister emphasised that improvement would require full cooperation from the public at large and greater awareness through dissemination of best practices from cities situated along the banks of national rivers.
“For the first time, the central government has made a commitment of Rs 20,000 crore for 2015-20 to the five states through which Ganga passes, to ensure adequate as well as uninterrupted water flow. Rs 7,700 crore has been spent, prominently for construction of new sewage treatment plants,” said a government statement.
Prime Minister also urged for a holistic thinking process where ‘Namami Gange’ would evolved into ‘Arth Ganga’ or a sustainable development model with a focus on economic activities related to Ganga.
“As part of this process, farmers should be encouraged to engage in sustainable agriculture practices, including zero budget farming, planting of fruit trees and building plant nurseries along the banks of Ganga. Priority could be given to women self-help groups and ex-servicemen organisations for these programmes,” it added.
The meeting discussed tapping the hybrid tourism potential of the river basin area for religious and adventure tourism. “The income generated from encouraging eco-tourism and Ganga wildlife conservation and cruise tourism would help generate sustainable income streams for cleaning of Ganga,” the government said.
The meeting was attended by Union Ministers for Jal Shakti, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Urban Affairs, Power, Tourism, Shipping, and the Chief Ministers of UP and Uttarakhand, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, the Vice-Chairman of the Niti Aayog and other senior officials. (IANS)