Godmen for law to protect Ganga
The heads of around 25 religious groups from different faiths have urged the Centre to enact a new law for protecting and restoring the Ganga, which is one of the most endangered rivers in the world.
The leaders, including chief Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Gurubachan Singh and noted Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, submitted a proposal in this regard to Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan at an event organised by Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and UNICEF-India at the Sindhu Darshan Ghat here.
The proposal listed several activities like industrial effluents, municipal refuge and chemicals which are polluting the river water but excluded religious offerings and "fully- cremated" mortal remains.
Replying to a query in this regard, Swami Chidanand Saraswati, the founder of the Ganga Action Parivar, which prepared the proposal, said, "This is because 70-80 per cent of the Ganga's pollution is sewage. Another 15 per cent is industrial effluents, and on top of this is a huge amount of municipal solid waste.”
"Instead of legislating people's tiny and mostly bio-degradable offerings, it is better that we work through community-based Ganga protection workers and faith leaders to help start new customs such as planting trees with ashes and the holy water from the Ganga, and immersing religious offerings in special tanks and ponds containing the holy water," he said.