From L to R: Shri U.P. Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti; Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister for Jal Shakti; Shri Amit Shah, Home Minister; Shri Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State for Jal Shakti; and Shri Rajiv Rangan Mishra, DG, NMCG
CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) has been contributing for several years towards the cleaning of the river Ganga by reducing the pollution in the river and spreading awareness among people. CSIR has deployed several technologies for chemical-free clean-up of drains falling in tributaries of the river Ganga.
CSIR laboratories like CSIR-IITR, CSIR-NEERI, CSIR-IMTECH along with other stakeholders have come up with studies that have helped the government of India set a policy framework for cleaning the river Ganga under its project “Namami Gange Mission”.
As part of the Namami Gange project, the “Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan” a unique exploratory river rafting and kayaking expedition was conducted from Devprayag to Ganga Sagar from 10 October 2019 to 12 November 2019 for spreading awareness about river Ganga rejuvenation and its conservation. It was a joint expedition with CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Institute (IITR), Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Wildlife Institute of India. During the mission, it was observed that the biodiversity in river Ganga is being restored and also the population of Ganga Ghariyal and Ganga Dolphin has now significantly increased.
The formal flag-in ceremony for “Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan” was organised on 13 March 2020 at the Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, which was graced by Hon’ble Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah as the Chief Guest along with other dignitaries including Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister for Jal Shakti; Shri Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Social Justice & Empowerment; Shri U.P. Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Shri Rajiv Rangan Mishra, DG, NMCG.
During his address, Shri Amit Shah said that “Namami Gange Mission” was not just an attempt to create an infrastructure, it was not just a campaign to stop pollution, but the main aim of Namami Gange was to spread a culture of conserving and preserving the Ganga in its 'Nirmal and Aviral' status for future generations.