campaign to save rivers will be launched next year: CM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2017 15:13:56

 


Staff Reporter,

 

CM’s Narmada Mission was appreciated by one and all in brainstorming session on River, Water and Environment Conservation on Monday

PM Narendra Modi to release the future workplan under Narmada Seva Mission on May 15 at Amarkantak

Massive tree plantation is being organised on both the banks of river Narmada on July 2

Union Minister of State for Forest and Environment Anil Madhav Dave said,Madhya Pradesh will set an example of river and water conservation in the entire country

Jal Purush and Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh said that, State Chief Minister has done a commendable job by connecting the Government, society and seers in conservation of rivers

Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff said taking into account the future generation, concern for
water is must

CHIEF Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that, Narmada Seva Yatra has turned into a social movement. Narmada Seva is life’s mission not a political trait. He said, it is every citizen’s duty to save rivers, environment and water. Both Government and the society will have to work simultaneously in this task.


CM said that from next year onwards campaign to save all rivers will be launched. If the society starts working towards conservation of rivers, it will bring positive results. He said that, it is time to wake up now. If people are self-inspired to save rivers, it will not take much time to fulfill the target. He also said that it is better to focus on one’s duties rather than condemn those countries that are harming the environment. Chouhan was addressing the inaugural brainstorming session on River, Water and Environment Conservation at the Academy of Administration here on Monday.


This brainstorming session has been organised by the Environment Planning and Co-ordination Organisation and Jan Abhiyan Parishad in which experts connected with water conservation are taking part. Forest Minister Dr Gauri Shankar Shejwar, Additional Chief Secretary Forest Deepak Khandekar, Narmada connoisseur Amritlal Begad and Water Conservation expert were present at the inaugural session.
Giving the outline of the future work plan under the Narmada Seva Mission Chouhan said that, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release this on May 15 at Amarkantak.

He said that Maa Narmada is eternal and those who contaminate her would be punished. Narmada is now a living entity. All works will be undertaken to stop pollution and enhance greenery to revive Maa Narmada. Massive tree plantation is being organised on both the banks of the river Narmada on July 2.

The flow of water in the Narmada will be increased. He said now the society has accepted that it is essential to save life of women who are life-givers. Unjustified exploitation of natural resources is not correct. Government and society will have to work jointly. Union Minister of State for Forest and Environment Anil Madhav Dave said that Madhya Pradesh will set an example of river and water conservation in the entire country.

He said if the mountains, jungles and environment is not saved, the Narmada river will turn into a cricket ground. He said there is nothing in life other than Narmada, there should be campaigns to revive every small river. Ganga is the river that quenches thirst. There is need to save rivers, ponds and puddles that flow near villages. There is need to enrich the Kachar region of Narmada river. Society can undertake this task on its own with Government support also. There is need to continue work on revival of water resources in about 1 lakh km catchment area. He has asked to focus on natural farming which is essential to keep water resources and river pollution-free. Chemical free farming is must to protect health.

National Green Tribunal (NGT) Judicial Member Justice Daleep Singh expressed, it is clear from the attachment of the State Government and Chief Minister towards Narmada Seva Mission that will definitely be a success.Jal Purush and Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh said that, State Chief Minister has done a commendable job by connecting the Government, society and seers in conservation of rivers. He said, Madhya Pradesh has taken up all works done by seers towards river and environment conservation. He congratulated Chief Minister Chouhan and his Cabinet members and officers for this. Rajendra Singh said, Chief Minister Chouhan, through the Narmada Seva Yatra has awakened the society towards conservation of not only Narmada river but other rivers also.

He said that when Neer, Nari and Nadi are honoured, then only rivers will be honoured. He said that rivers have given direction to politics. Earlier, rivers cleaned dirt now these have become goods train for carrying dirt. Singh said that, Chief Minister has re-established the honour of Neer-Nadi and Nari in society. He has connected the entire society with this work and has completely assimilated the Narmada.Rajendra Singh said that along with Narmada, other tributaries also needs to be conserved.

All tributaries need to be revived and people will have to get connected with their hearts and soul in work and CM has made each and every devotee of Narmada. Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff said taking into account the future generation, concern for water is must. He said that the level of ground water is continuously declining. Soil is being damaged, everyone has to ponder on what kind of environment we want to leave for future.

He said that every citizen must plant saplings on special occasions and give children the same culture, the same lesson should be given in schools, colleges also and an environmental awareness should be created. He said that the conservation of rivers is not a matter to be told but to be understood. He appreciated the initiatives of Chief Minister Chouhan.

Giving his presentation on Narmada Seva Yatra and outline of Narmada Seva Mission background, the Chief Secretary Basant Pratap Singh informed that now campaigns have begun in local levels to save the rivers flowing in other districts. So far, 78,000 Narmada Sevaks have been registered and about 1846 Up-Yatras have been included in 148 days of Narmada Seva Yatra. He said that the tender process of sewage treatment plant has been completed and preparation to take loan from the World Bank for this purpose is over.


Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took part in the discussion of various groups on challenges and remedies for conservation of Narmada and its tributaries, Narmada Seva Mission Work Plan, Economy dependent on Narmada and the institutionalised form of Narmada Seva Mission.