On December 23, 2017, Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation held ‘Ganga Gram Swachhta Sammelan’ in New Delhi to formally launch the ‘Ganga Gram Project’ under the Namami Gange Programm.
About ‘Ganga Gram Swachhta Sammelan’:
Ganga Gram Swachhta Sammelan was a multi-stakeholder meet attended by about 1200 delegates including 500 village sarpanches from Ganga States.
- The meet was presided over by Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Uma Bharati.
- Union Minister for Water Resources, Ganga Rejuvenation and River Development, Nitin Gadkari was the chief guest while Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh was the Guest of Honour.
- Ganga Swachhata Manch, created for awareness creation, learning and advocacy and knowledge sharing for the Ganga Gram Project was also launched during this meet.
- Ganga Swachhata Manch is a forum of individuals, civil society organisations and academicians. It has been formed upon the initiative Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Uma Bharti.
Overview of ‘Ganga Gram Project’:
In August 2017, Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, with active cooperation from the five Ganga States (Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal), declared all 4470 villages on the banks of River Ganga Open Defecation Free (ODF).
- The Ministry and State Governments have now identified 24 villages from these 4470 villages to transform them into Ganga Grams.
- ‘Ganga Gram’ is an integrated approach for holistic development of these villages situated on the banks of River Ganga. Holistic development is to be attained with participation of the villagers.
- Scope of Ganga Gram Project covers solid and liquid waste management, water conservation projects, renovation of ponds and water resources, organic farming, horticulture and promotion of medicinal plants.
- The villages are to be converted into Ganga Grams by December 31, 2018 and will set the bench mark of cleanliness and integrated effort of development.