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The fact that the Opposition parties have started again with their claims that the EVMs are faulty, shows that the Mahamilawati gang has accepted their defeat already: PM Modi
The people of the country have decided to vote for development, growth and democracy rather than the petty politics of Opposition parties: Prime Minister Modi
The BJP government in Jharkhand has made rapid strides in improving the lives of its people and we will continue to do so in the future as well: PM Modi in Jharkhand

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a huge rally in Lohardaga in Jharkhand this morning. Addressing the huge crowd of supporters, Prime Minister Modi said, “After the three phases of Lok Sabha elections, even the Opposition parties have accepted that Modi government is coming back to power because they have again started blaming the EVMs for their impending defeat.”

Taking the Opposition parties hands on for their resurgent claims of ‘faulty EVMs’ during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi said, “The fact that the Opposition parties have started again with their claims that the EVMs are faulty, shows that the Mahamilawati gang has accepted that they will not win this time. They have understood that the people will not waste their vote by voting for such opportunist parties. The people of the country have decided to vote for development, growth and democracy rather than the petty politics of Opposition parties.” 

 

Applauding the efforts of the people of Jharkhand to curb Maoism and Naxalism in the state, Prime Minister Modi said, “The continuous efforts of the BJP government in Jharkhand have started to show their results as not only there has been a huge decrease in the naxal-affected districts in the country but we are also seeing record numbers of youth shunning violent activities and joining the mainstream. The BJP government in Jharkhand has made rapid strides in improving the lives of its people and we will continue to do so in the future as well so that Jharkhand can utilize its true potential for growth.”

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Prime Minister chairs first meeting of National Ganga Council
December 14, 2019
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the first meeting of the National Ganga Council in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh today.

The Council has been given overall responsibility for superintendence of pollution prevention and rejuvenation of River Ganga Basin, including Ganga and its tributaries. The first meeting of the Council was aimed at reinforcing the importance of a ‘Ganga-centric’ approach in all departments of the concerned states as well as relevant Central Ministries.

Today’s meeting was attended by Union Ministers for Jal Shakti, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Urban Affairs, Power, Tourism, Shipping and Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Vice Chairman Niti Aayog and other senior officials. The state of West Bengal was not present in the meeting and Jharkhand did not participate because of the ongoing elections and the Model Code of Conduct being in force.

Prime Minister, while reviewing the progress of work done and deliberating on various aspects of cleaning river Ganga with a focus on ‘swachhta’, ‘aviralta’ and ‘nirmalta’. He observed that Maa Ganga is the holiest river on the sub-continent and its rejuvenation should embody a shining example of cooperative federalism. Prime Minister said that rejuvenation of Ganga has been a long pending challenge for the country. He noted that 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 pollution abatement, conservation and rejuvenation of Ganga, notable achievements being zero waste creation by paper mills and reduction in pollution from tanneries; but much more needs to be done.

For the first time, the Central Government had made commitment of Rs. 20,000 crores for the period 2015-20 to the five states through which Ganga passes, to ensure adequate as well as uninterrupted water flows in the river. Rs. 7700 crores have already been spent so far, prominently for construction of new sewage treatment plants.

Prime Minister emphasized that an improvement framework for Nirmal Ganga would require fullest cooperation from the public at large and greater awareness through dissemination of best practices from cities situated along the banks of national rivers. Efficiency of District Ganga Committees should be improved in all districts, in order to provide a effective framework for expeditious implementation of plans.

The Government has set up the Clean Ganga Fund (CGF) to facilitate contributions from individuals, NRIs, corporate entities for funding Ganga rejuvenation projects. Hon’ble PM has personally donated Rs. 16.53 crores to CGF, from the amount realized from auction of the gifts he received since 2014 and the prize money of the Seoul Peace prize.

Prime Minister urged for a holistic thinking process where ‘Namami Gange’ evolves to ‘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 on the banks of Ganga. Priority could be given to women Self Help Groups and ex-servicemen organizations for these programs. Such practices, along with creation of infrastructure for water sports and development of camp sites, cycling and walking tracks etc , would help to tap the ‘hybrid’ tourism potential of the river basin area- for purposes of religious as well as adventure tourism. The income generated from encouraging eco-tourism and Ganga wildlife conservation and cruise tourism etc. would help to generate sustainable income streams for cleaning of Ganga.

For monitoring the work progress and activities from various schemes and initiatives under Namami Gange and Arth Ganga, PM also gave directions for the setting up of a Digital Dashboard where data from villages and urban bodies should be monitored on a daily basis by Niti Ayog and Ministry of Jal Shakti. Prime Minister also said that like aspirational districts, all districts bordering Ganga should be made a focus area for monitoring efforts under Namami Gange.

Prior to the meeting, Prime Minister paid floral tributes to legendary freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad and viewed an exhibition on ‘Namami Gange’ interventions and projects at the Chandrashekhar Azad Agriculture University. Later in the day, Prime Minister visited Atal Ghat and also inspected the successfully completed work of cleaning at Sisamau Nala.