India, Germany Ink Agreement on Namami Gange Project

An implementation agreement for Ganga Rejuvenation under the Namami Gange Programme was signed between India and Germany. The objective of the agreement is to enable responsible stakeholders at National and State level to apply integrated river basin management approach for the rejuvenation of the river Ganga.

This will be based on Indo-German Knowledge exchange and practical experience on strategic river basin management issues, effective data management system and public engagement.The project will closely cooperate with other National and international initiatives including Indo-German bilateral projects like Support to National Urban Sanitation Policy (SNUSP) and ‘Sustainable Environment-friendly Industrial Production’ (SEIP).

Initial actions will focus on the State of Uttarakhand, with a scope of expansion to other upstream Ganga States. The ultimate goal is to adopt the successful river basin management strategies used for Rhine and Danube and replicate the same, wherever possible for attaining the pristine status of river Ganga.

Namami Gange:

‘Namami Gange’ Programme, is a flagship programme of Government of India with a renewed impetus to decrease river pollution and conserve the revered river ‘Ganga’. In this connection, the Indian Government solicited support from various countries to rejuvenate the Ganga. Government of Germany, with its vast experiences in cleaning and rejuvenating European rivers such as Rhine, Elbe and Danube, was keen to join hands for collaboration with Government of India.

Extra info:
1. The German contribution to the 2016-2018 project will be Rs.22.5 crore. Initial actions will focus on Uttarakhand, with a scope to expand it to other states upstream of the Ganga river.
2. Minister of Water Resources of India – Uma Bharti
3. Support to National Urban Sanitation Policy (SNUSP)

so lets do:
1. Who is the Minister of Water Resources of India?
2. ________ and  German signed a Agreement on Namami Gange Programme.


Source – The Hindu


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