A delegation of MPs led by Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday met PM Manmohan Singh to seek his intervention in maintaining clean and unhindered flow of the Ganges contending livelihood and feelings of crores of people are attached to it.
Swaraj, accompanied by BJP MPs Shahnawaz Hussain and Rajendra Agarwal as well as Reoti Raman Singh (SP) and Prabodh Panda (CPI), met the Prime Minister in Parliament House to discuss the issue.
Talking to reporters later, Hussain said the delegation discussed the well-being of Ganga, a “national river”.
The leaders requested the Prime Minister to implement the recommendations of the B K Chaturvedi Committee after careful consideration.
“We drew the Prime Minister’s attention to the recommendations of the Committee. Ganga is an important river and government should not just speak about it but also take some action,” Hussain said.
Singh reportedly told the delegation that he had not yet received the Chaturvedi Committee report.
Swaraj then read out excerpts from the report, after which Singh assured the delegation that necessary action will be taken.
“Crores of people live on the banks of the Ganga river,” Hussain said, adding a clean and unhindered flow of the river is crucial for their welfare, livelihood and beliefs.