Clean the Ganga!
VICTORY: For the first time in history, all the major political candidates committed to cleaning the Ganga as a top priority in their election agenda. The new government formed in May 2014 by Narendra Modi committed to cleaning up the Ganga by 2019.
In the 2014 Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the ‘Namami Ganga’ project for the development of the river basin and allocated over INR 2,000 crore for this project. As a part of this project, the government ordered 48 industrial units around the Ganga to be shut down.
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825 crore liters. That’s the amount of sewage that flows into the Ganga river and it’s tributaries everyday.
800 crores. That’s the amount of our money that has been spent by the government to clean the Ganga.
Results? None. Because of inaction and bureaucracy.
But we now have a unique opportunity. Tomorrow our friends at Swatcha Ganga Abhiyan have a meeting with Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi to discuss the condition of the Ganga. Here, we want to ensure that the Aam Admi Party, along with every major political party adopt cleaning the Ganga by 2020 as a part of their 2014 agenda.
We have 24 hours to take action. Sign the petition standing with the Swatcha Ganga Abhiyan asking parties to adopt the memorandum to clean the Ganga in Varanasi.
The good news – There exists a solution. There are proposed treatment plants that do not require electricity and that remove all the harmful bacteria present in the water.
The great news – This solution that has been approved to be piloted in Varanasi.
What we need to do – influence the parties to promise action immediately.
With the elections coming up, every party is fighting for public support. With public support, we can ensure that the parties stand up for what we believe in.
Will you sign this petition in support of cleaning the lifeline of millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs?
We have the opportunity to start making the elections about issues, not identities. Let us make it known to the parties that this issue matters to us.