Most demands of Ganga activist G D Agarwal had been accepted: Government

The government has come with a notification stating the minimum environmental flows for Ganga river that is to be maintained at various locations on the water body.

Published: 11th October 2018 10:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th October 2018 10:50 PM   |  A+A-

Youtube Grab of Professor G.D. Agrawal.

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The government has said that almost all the demands made by Ganga activist G D Agarwal, who was on an indefinite hunger strike and died Thursday, had been accepted.

On Wednesday, Water Resources and Ganga River Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari had said in response to a question at a press conference, "We have accepted almost all his demands (on cleaning of the Ganga). One demand was to ensure environmental flow and we have come out with a notification."

The government on Tuesday had come out with the e-flow gazette notification.

The notification states the minimum environmental flows for Ganga river that is to be maintained at various locations on the water body.

The second demand, Gadkari said, was to bring a legislation to protect Ganga.

He said the legislation has been sent to Cabinet for approval, following which it will be tabled in Parliament.

"He had some demands related to (upcoming) hydro-power projects (on river Ganga). We are trying to bring all stakeholders together and sort the issue at the earliest. I had also written a letter to him stating that we have accepted nearly 70-80 per cent and that we need him and he should stop his fast," the minister had said.

Agarwal died at the AIIMS hospital in Rishikesh on Thursday.

Reacting to Agarwal's death, AAP leader and party's Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh said the activist was on an indefinite hunger strike for more than 100 days and the "insensitive government" was "waiting for him to die".

"I had requested the government to save it, but those seeking vote on his name could not save him (sic)," Singh tweeted.

Senior Congress leader and former environment minister Jairam Ramesh expressed anguish over his "martyrdom".

"He was an indefatigable crusader not only for Nirmal Ganga but also for Aviral Ganga. It was my privilege and good fortune to be able to implement some of his important suggestions to ensure uninterrupted flow in the Ganga and its tributaries in Uttarakhand. I salute his commitment and dedication, his scholarship and learning, his faith and passion," Ramesh said.

Targeting the Centre over Agarwal's death, Pravin Togadia, erstwhile VHP leader and a known critic of the Modi government, said the Ganga activist deserved a better treatment.

"But it seems, rulers have become absolutely arrogant and unmindful for the public. Similar treatment was meted out to Ayodhya Mahant Paramhans das ji. Farmers, labour, students, middle class all facing injustice now. We pray for Prof Agarwal ji's peace and appeal to the rulers to be sensitive to the public," Togadia, who now heads the Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP), said.

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  • Ranae Mumbai

    The most insensitive central Government didn't have the sense of Responsibility to save Mr Aggarwal a 87 years olderenowned Professor ????????? of IIT Kanpur undergoing Indefinite Hunger strike from 22nd June 2018 neary more than ???? 100days to save the holy river "GANGA" and died in the AIMI Rishikesh while the PM was boasting to tell that the 4th Industrial revolution would bring the transformation of Health How ??? Only the PM has to reply!!! He the PM didn't have time to meet the dying ???? Kanpur Professor ????????? and convince him to discontinue the Hunger strike!
    7 months ago reply
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