P M to review Ganga Action Plan soon

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New Delhi, Oct 16 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said he would soon take a meeting to review the work of the Ganga Action Plan.

Dr Singh told a delegation led by Swami Swaroopanand Saraswatiji comprising of environmentalists and others that he had already set up a Group of Ministers to look into a river conservation strategy for Ganga and other important rivers.

The delegation, which met the Prime Minister under the auspices of the Ganga Seva Abhiya, asked for steps to maintain the purity of the Ganga, control the flows of industrial and domestic pollutants into the river and protect its flow.

The delegation also asked for setting up a Ganga Environment Commission at the national level and declaring it as a national river.

The Prime Minister said it was the duty of all Indians to maintain the purity of the Ganga and that the Government will do all that was possible for the holistic environmental protection of the river.

He assured the delegation members that the views of the Ganga Seva Abhiyan would be taken into account and that he would request the Group of Ministers to hear representatives of the Abhiyan.

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