New Delhi: Addressing an event held in New Delhi in the memory of  Dainik Jagran’s former editor-in chief, Narendra Mohan, renowned environmentalist Rajendra Singh on Wednesday said that Ganga is nothing more than a third grade river in views of the Centre. Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, Rajendra Singh, is a member of an inter-ministerial group on Ganga, which was formed on the directives of the Prime Minister.

Citing a recent meeting of the IMG, Singh said, “When I asked in the meeting about the Centre’s views on Ganga, I was told that the river cannot be considered more than a C-grade river. I was surprised to know this observation of the government about Ganga.”

Singh further said that crores of rupees and many decades have so-far been spent on the drives to make Ganga clean, but the condition of the river has only worsened. Earlier it was dirty, now it has turned into a tunnel.

Once it was the time when people would take pride in saying- we are the inhabitants of the land where Ganga flows. Ganga has been a symbol of India’s age-old culture and tradition. He opined that if the Ganga has to be cleaned, it cannot be done by importing machines from abroad. For this, it is imperative to stop the sewage water flowing into the river. It is also required to engage the people living in the Ganga region in the drive to clean it.

Rajendra Singh claimed that the country’s water resource has been drastically spoilt due to green revolution. Tubewells or borewells were installed all around, but nobody cared about maintaining a proper water level beneath the ground.

Speaking on the occasion, Dainik Jagran’s editor-in-chief, Sanjay Gupta said, “Conservation of water resource has been a major part of our group’s editorial policies.”

He announced that all the publication of the Dainik Jagran group will intensify their campaign for conservation of water.

Dainik Jagran’s Chief General Manager, Nishikant Thakur, who had worked for a long time in the past with late Narendra Mohanji, reflected on works and achievements of the former editor-in-chief.

(JPN/Bureau)

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