Varanasi, Nov 08: Prime Minister Narendra Modi geared up the Clean Ganga Mission by cleaning the river at the Assi Ghat in his constituency Varanasi on Saturday morning.
Taking a spade in hand, the 64-year-old Modi started the cleaning work on the river bank with an aim to send a message to the people of India to indulge in the work to make our environment clean.
Modi cleaned the river bank for 15-20 minutes and his supporters and volunteers were engaged in the work as part of the PM's Clean India campaign. Like his Swachch Bharat Mission, he nominated nine prominent people including Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to take the task forward.
Talking about the clean Ganga mission, Modi said, "When I began the drive, I had nominated nine people. Today, taking that forward, I am nominating Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Chancellor of Chitrakoot Handicapped University Swami Ram Bhadracharya, Bhojpuri actor Manoj Tiwari, writer Manu Sharma, cricketers Mohd Kaif and Suresh Raina, Padma Shri Professor Devi Prasad Dwivedi, television actor and comedian Raju Shrivastava and singer Kailash Kher."
Dressed in kurta-pyjama, Modi reached the river bank at 8:40 am in the morning, offered prayers and then took up the spade to begin the Ganga clean-up drive. The NGOs assured that Modi's work "cleaning river bank" that he begun today would be completed in a month.
Modi made it clear that "cleaning the Ganga" is the top priority of his government. The holy river, which is full of garbage and industrial wastage, would be cleaned for which he has set up a separate ministry headed by Uma Bharati. Even, he has sought the help of the NRIs in helping to gear up his clean Ganga mission.
During his 2-day trip to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, he adopted Jayapur village under his "Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana" to make a model village. He also laid the foundation stone for a trade facilitation centre for Varanasi's weavers promising them to modify the industry for the Vanarasi saree and handlooms in the global market.
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