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Updated: March 19, 2012 19:51 IST

Hazare meets ailing save Ganga activist

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Social activist Anna Hazare. File photo
Social activist Anna Hazare. File photo

Adding another issue to his agenda, Anna Hazare today rose in support of a movement to save the Ganga by visiting activist G D Aggarwal who was flown here for treatment after his health deteriorated during a hunger strike in Varanasi to save the river.

Mr. Hazare visited Mr. Aggarwal at the AIIMS where the 80-year-old environment scientist-turned activist was airlifted this morning from Varanasi where he was undergoing treatment following his hunger strike to save the river.

Pledging support to Mr. Aggarwal in his fight to save the holy river, Mr. Hazare held the government responsible for the deteriorating health of the activist also known as Swami Gyan Swaroopanand.

Mr. Aggarwal, a former IIT professor, was spearheading a movement to save the Ganga and was on an indefinite hunger strike since January 15. His aides said he stopped taking even water from March nine.

He has been demanding convening the meeting of the Prime Minister-headed National River Ganga Basin Authority. Waterman Rajinder Singh and two others had resigned in protest against the government not convening the Authority.

“The Prime Minister-headed authority has met only twice in the past three years. As the administrative head, he is responsible,” Mr. Hazare said.

Asked whether he supports Mr. Aggarwal, 74-year-old Hazare answered in the affirmative. “I will support him. He is fighting for the holy river,” he said.

Mr. Hazare’s close aide Arvind Kejriwal wrote a series of tweets this morning urging the media to take up the case of Mr. Aggarwal.

“No worthwhile efforts made by central govt in last one month to discuss with him. How can our government become so insensitive? Allow such senior scientists to die?” he said.

Mr. Kejriwal said Mr. Aggarwal’s demand was meetings of Ganga Basin Authority. “Pranab Mukherjee wrote a letter to G.D. Aggarwal on 23rd Aug 2010 assuring him that the Authority would meet soon,” he said.

“He (Aggarwal) was only on water for a month. Gave up water also last week. Hospitalized and put on drip. He has removed drip also since yesterday. This was Aggarwal’s third fast in last three years and the central government has gone back on all promises made to him during last fast,” he said.

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Do we visualise India with only 20 corores of population in 1800 AD with no big cities(population more than 500000) along The Ganges.It was then this river system was pollution free.Then history tell us, People were dying in tens of millions after every cycle of 10-15 years facing draught in north India.So urbanisation and non agricultural jobs were the requirement to save millions of lives.What is the blue print to minimise generation of sewage and maximise the electricity availability in mega cities and make them zero discharge cities.PM need help of all stakeholders not lectures and publicity like this for holding meetings/discussions of such type.All rivers need to be pollution free.

from:  T N Srivastava
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 11:09 IST

I have respect for the prime minister but my blood boils seeing this insensensitive approach!

from:  Rohit Tidke
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 13:46 IST

ofcourse we do support Mr aggrawal in his efforts to save GANGES .And urge govt. to wake up and stop risking the life of people who want something gud to be done for our nation .

from:  sweety
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 12:52 IST

It is a welcome sign from Hazare. All patriotic citizens should support
for the lofty cause by one way or another

from:  A Narasimha Raghavan
Posted on: Mar 19, 2012 at 20:32 IST
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