Bill to be in parliament to ensure implementation of Namami Gange Mission: Uma Bharati

Union Minister for water resources Uma Bharti has said that the government will bring a bill in the parliament under consultation with the concerned five states to ensure the implementation of Namami Gange Mission and to keep river Ganga clean and pollution free.

Addressing a Open Defection Free (ODF) viallge Convention in Allahabad today, she said that people’s participation is essential to achieve the objectives of a clean and ever-flowing river. She said that government has adopted policy of zero liquid discharge to keep Ganga pollution free.

Ms Bharti said, government has also sought cooperation of Mathura Refinery, Railways, and Power Ministry for reuse and recycle of treated water from sewage treatment plants.

Representatives of 1651 village panchayats of 52 districts from five states are taking part in this conference. These panchayats are situated along Ganga River.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for drinking water and sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar said that more than four thousand villages will become open defection free by the end of this year. These villages come under the Ganga river area in fifty two districts.

Earlier, after leading pledge taking ceremony at Chandrasekhar Azad park, Ms Uma Bharti reiterated her commitment for clean Ganga and hoped that targets for ODF villages will be met in these gram panchayats as per the programme.

Ms Bharti said that government is working to make sure that Ganga river remains clean from its source uptill its last merging point at Gangasagar.

In the convention district collectors and senior officials of 52 districts, panchayat representatives, senior government officials of concerned ministries and departments also took art in this convention.

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