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Patna:  Ravishankar Prasad, who was shifted from Communications to Law and Justice ministry on Tuesday, was  on Sunday praised by senior BJP leaders including those with whom he did not have very good rapport earlier .One by one,all the speakers lauded him by calling him the best performer and achiever in the ministeries held by him. His successor in Communication ministry Manoj Sinha too promised to follow him, seek his guidance and assured the projects started by him will be completed.

Speaking at a programme at Patna GPO where the Ganga Jal distribution scheme through post offices was introduced, a new circle of post master general office for eastern Bihar with Bhagapur as its headquarters and e commerce shopping centre were opened, the BJP leaders said Ravishankar Prasad was by far the best union minister from Bihar and performed briliantly in all the ministeries. Former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said Ravishankar made Communication ministry and postal department economically profitable during his two years tenure. Union rural development minister Ramkripal Yadav claimed Ravishankar has improved the status of telecommunications in the country.

Former union minister and Rajya Sabha member Dr C P Thakur, Buxar MP Ashwini Kumar Chaubey, leader of opposition in Bihar assembly Prem Kumar, former minister and senior BJP leader Nand Kishore Y adav ,all complimented Ravishankar for his performance in the ministeries he held in the past. Speeches of the senior party leaders gave an impressiont that Ravishankar has emerged as a strong and tall  BJP leader in Bihar politics too. Ravishankar was seen reciprocrating the compliments with folded hands repeatedly and when his turn came, he said,” I am obeying the instructions of PM. If he wants a task to be done in two months, I do it within a month and delivery of Gangajal was one of the tasks assigned to me by PMNarendra Modi.”

Union communication ministry on Sunday launched the Gangajal (ganga water) distribution scheme through post offices in the country by opening an e commerce sales depot at General Post Office at Patna. Union minister of state for Communications (independent charge) Manoj Sinha whille introducing the scheme said the devotees can have pure Ganga Water sources at Gangotri and Rishikesh on no profit basis. Demands have been received to open retail outlets at embassies and high commissionerates all over the world, Sinha said.

Union Law and justice, IT and elctronics minister Ravishankar Prasad, who held the Communication ministry till July 5, said the PM wanted to connect Ganga with the villages and the e commerce supply of Ganga was conceived   on May 30 only. It became practical today when Ganga water sources at Gangotri made available in 250 ml and 500 ml packs .The rate is Rs 25 for packaging charges and Rs 23 for handling charges for 250 ml of Gnagotri water and Rs 35 and Rs 16 per 500 ml packs.  For Rishiksh sources water, the rate is Rs 15 for packaging and Rs 13 for handling charges of 250 ml and Rs 22 and Rs 16 for 500 ml packs. Postal department may later consider supplying Tirupati ladoos through post offices and distribution of Belpatras and Bhojpatras too at a later stage to associate Indians with their traditions and culture, he said.

Ravishankar said supply of Ganga water through post offices was the best achievement of his ministry and it gave him personal satisfacion as Ganga water was required for all family functions and even at the time of death.-He said pilgrims of Rameshwaram can get Ganga water of Gangotri from the nearest post office and the charges shall be the same all over India as it was being run on no profit basis by the ministry.

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