Addressing a gathering at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, on Sunday, Shinde said Uttarakhand had suffered a severe jolt due to the recent disaster and informed that he had personally surveyed the areas of Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath and reviewed the damage.

Shinde said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore aid for reconstruction and added that efforts were being made to revive the real identity of Uttarakhand.

"Several saints and seers are working to clean the Ganga river and the Central government is also committed to it, which led to the establishment of NGRBA," he said.

Uttarakhand Chief Minster Harish Rawat, who was also present on the occasion, said that he would embark on a foot march along the bank of the river from April 14 for ensuring that the holy river is clean.

Rawat said the Ganga is a message of humanity and secularism.

“The river was a link between several cultures and thus we should respect this holy river,” he added.


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