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New Delhi : In its efforts to give corporate push to Namami Gange, National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation organised a workshop in New Delhi on January 19, 2017. Representatives from several public sector enterprises, banks and corporates participated at the workshop on CSR activities for Ganga Rejuvenation, according to a PIB release.

Not only did participants showed keen interest in activities being undertaken under Namami Gange programme, major areas of possible co-operation between NMCG and public and corporate sectors were also extensively discussed at the workshop.The workshop was attended by representatives from Maharatna, Navratna and other PSUs – ONGC, Coal India limited, BHEL, GAIL India ltd., SAIL, NTPC Ltd., Oil India Ltd., Petronet LNG ltd. etc. Stimulating response was witnessed during interactions with representatives of public and private sector banks like SBI, Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, HDFC, ICICI, Yes Bank, OBC, UCO Bank etc., who eagerly shared their enlightening ideas to further the cause of clean Ganga. Over 20 banks took part in the workshop. Corporate companies like Aditya Birla Group JSW and Tata Sons also got fruitfully involved in the event and presented their views.

Addressing the gathering, Director General, NMCG, UP Singh delineated various on-going sewage treatment, river cleaning, bio-diversity and public participation projects under Namami Gange programme before shedding light on areas of common interests. Singh, while stressing on the importance of co-operation from both public and private sector in achieving success, invited all the participants to share with NMCG their invaluable ideas and suggestions. Throwing ight on Clean Ganga Fund, he explained that it is a trust chaired by Union Finance Minister and was set up in 2014 to harness the enthusiasm of those who would like to contribute to the conservation of river Ganga. Contributions to Clean Ganga Fund are a notified CSR activity.

A representative from Coal India Ltd. said, “As part of our CSR activities, we have devised a mechanism to transform waste generated from flower offerings into fertilizers.”



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