In Varanasi, Modi raps previous governments for not cleaning GangaLast updated on Dec 30, 2018, 12:58 pm
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at previous governments for not cleaning river Ganga and noted not money but clean intentions were needed to achieve it.
PM Modi was speaking at his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi during the summit of 'one district one product' scheme.
He claimed the current government was working seriously to make the river clean.
What he said
Niyat saaf hai toh Ganga bhi saaf hogi: PM Modi
"Jab niyat saaf hai to Ganga bhi saaf hogi (if the intention is clear, the Ganga will be clean)," he said. The attendees at the summit clapped at PM Modi's words.
He went on to say the power of money isn't only enough for Ganga's nirmaltaa (cleanliness).
What is needed is full honesty and clean intentions, PM Modi quipped.
PM Modi compares earlier projects to his government's
Taking a dig at previous schemes, PM Modi said Ganga Action Plan and Ganga Basin Authority were started but didn't yield results.
Referring to a report, PM Modi said pollution level has dropped.
"As 'Namami Gange' campaign is moving ahead, the target of a clean and free-flowing Ganga is becoming more clear. Aquatic animals including fish have started returning to the Ganga," he added.
PM Modi speaks of schemes and Kashi's glory
"Change is visible in Kashi (Varanasi). The shape of Divya Kashi is turning grand. The foundation of several schemes was laid and many other schemes were inaugurated. All these schemes together will add to the beauty of Kashi," PM Modi added.
Recently, Gadkari said Ganga will be clean by 2020
Namami Gange, the project undertaken by the Union government, aims to reduce pollution of the river and rejuvenate it.
Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for water resources, river development, and Ganga rejuvenation, heads this project whose budget is Rs. 20,000 crore.
Recently, Gadkari claimed Ganga would be clean by March 2020. He added political differences shouldn't stop projects related to Ganga and Yamuna.