The government will work out a policy initiative for cleaning the Ganga river and other important water bodies of the country, union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said Wednesday.
Thirty two years and thousands of crores of rupees later, the fight to clean Ganga is now pinning hopes on a high-profile Lok Sabha battle in Banaras.
Save Ganga activist Swami Poornanand had been on an indefinite fast since December 10.
A group of activists today announced that they would hold a demonstration in Jantar Mantar in Delhi on June 18 to demand cleaning up of Ganga river.
Members belonging to various parties demanded immediate intervention of PM Manmohan Singh to save the river Ganga.
Accusing the Centre of neglecting the Ganga, activists here today threatened to hit the streets if the government does not come up with a concrete programme by May 20 to save the "dying river".
In a first, Muslims of Uttar Pradesh have been asked to participate in the cleaning up operations of the river Ganga, revered by millions across India.
Anna Hazare rose in support of a movement to save the Ganga by visiting activist GD Aggarwal.
While Ramdev sipped juice to end his fast, an unknown sadhu, fasting to save the Ganges, died next door.
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti, who has been fasting in Haridwar since May 9 over the issues related to river Ganga, urged the country`s top leadership to join hands for saving the pious river.
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