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Saints oppose move to sell Ganga jal online


Haridwar, June 11, 2016: The saint community has expressed resentment over the Union Government’s move to sell holy Ganga jal through post office bookings. They have warned of resorting to intense agitation.

Many renowned saints have demanded that the government should roll back its decision, terming it an act that hurt religious sentiments of saints and millions of devotees who regard the holy Ganga jal as pious.The governing body of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad has expressed displeasure over the government’s move.

Spokesperson for the Akhada Parishad Baba Hatyogi said people worship
the Ganga and its water was used in religious rituals. It was sacred, not a commodity to earn revenues or be put on sale. If Ganga jal was sold, it would have serious ramifications, he said.

Bhooma Peethadeeshwar Swami Achutyanand Maharaj termed the Ganga as the identity of the country and questioned the idea of selling the holy water.

“On the one hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ganga  Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharati spoke highly of the Namami Gange scheme to clean the Ganga and its sub-tributaries, simultaneously, they are trying to sell the water of the pious river,” he said.

Jai Ram Ashram spiritual guru Brhamaswarup Brahamchari called the move another proof of using religion and related aspects to garner power. He said first the BJP ignited people’s sentiments over the construction of Shri Ram Temple in Ayodhya, which it seemed to have put on hold to ensure that it remained in power. Now, it was trying to commercialise Ganga jal, which was no ordinary water but was regarded as having properties of nectar.

Warning the Union Government of the fallout of selling Ganga Jal, Hari Har Ashram head Mahamandaleshwar Swami Harichetnanad Maharaj said the holy Ganga was one of ‘panchamrit’, in which nectar fell during the war between deities and demon. Selling its pious water would only bring curse, he stated.

Radha Krishan Dham spiritual head and former Haridwar municipal chairperson Satpal Brahmachari said the Ganga is a national river but still the BJP-led Union Government was mulling selling its water.

The Ganga Sabha, which manages the affairs of the sanctum sanctorum of Brahma Kund, Har-ki-Pauri, has also opposed the move.Terming it unethical, Ganga Sabha president Purushottam Sharma Gandhivadi said Ganga jal was worshipped as the water form of deity Ganga.

“People go to temples for worshipping, so is the case with the Ganga river, where devotees arrive to take a holy dip and fetch Ganga jal. Selling it through post offices or online does not augur well for the religious faith of the people. The Ganga is regarded as a living deity, how can we think of selling it or purchasing it,” Gandhivadi said.

Swami Hansdevacharya has also warned the Union Government that if it went forward with the online sale idea, saying that the saint community and religious organisations would not allow this to happen.

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Government to ensure higher e-flow in Ganga

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NEW DELHIL, July 26, 2015: The government on July 23 said the ministries of water resources, environment and power are in discussions to ensure uninterrupted  higher e-flow from any hydro-power projects such that river Ganga neither gets fragmented nor loses its character throughout its length.

Replying to a question in Lok Sabha , Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat said, e-flow is the quantum of water that must uninterruptedly flow in the river in all the seasons, required for the river to perform all its ecological functions including sustenance of fauna.

"The dams constructed earlier on the tributaries of the Ganga river and on the main stem of the Ganga river for irrigation and hydro power projects have either not kept provision for e-flow or e-flow quantity was very small," he added.

Polluting the Ganga river should be made a criminal offence

DEHRADUN, July 16, 2015: Concerned over the rising pollution in Ganga, seers participating in a Namami Gange seminar in the city said that only the fear of punishment can deter people from polluting the river.

Motivating sadhus to take the lead in the endeavour, Aadi Guru Shankaracharya Shri Rajrajeshwaranand, a prominent sadhu, said they would propose to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a provision in the Constitution so that action under Section 307 can be taken against the mathadish (chief monk) of ashrams from Rishikesh to Haridwar, whose sewer outlets open in the river.

"Polluting the river should be made a criminal offence and those responsible for it should be tried for 'killing the Ganga'. The river is a life-giver and saver for not only human beings but also the entire ecology. A law should be framed and only this will dissuade people from polluting the river," he added.

Ganga cleaning mission gets Rs 20,000 crore boost

NEW DELHI, May 14, 2015: The government's efforts to clean and protect the Ganga on May 13 got a big financial boost of Rs 20,000 crore which the Centre will spend to rejuvenate the national river in the next five years.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Na rendra Modi, approved this fund for the government's flagship programme `Namami Gange' which was launched last year. The Rs 20,000 crore is in addition to Rs 2,037 crore which was sanctioned by the Modi government for Ganga rejuvenation in its first budget in July last year.

The approval of Rs 20,000 crore for this mission is a five-fold increase over the central expenditure on Ganga cleaning in the past 29 years. The government had earlier incurred an expenditure of approximately Rs 4,000 crore on this task since 1986 when the then PM Rajiv Gandhi had launched the `Ganga Action Plan' with an initial amount of Rs 462 crore.


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