Focus: GS-III Environment and Ecology, Governance
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The Namami Gange project has been included in the prestigious ‘Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration 2020’.
Benefits of Namami Gange: Reasons for Nomination
- Economic activities are also benefiting from the efforts of the 26 District Ganga Committees of Uttar Pradesh.
- There, has been a big change in the cleanliness of the Ganga and in the rejuvenation efforts.
- Organic farming and development of biological diversity along the banks of the Ganga will increase the means of employment at the local level.
- Apart from on the contours of Arth Ganga so that a sustainable socioeconomic zone is developed around the Ganga and its tributariesz Nirmalta’ and ‘Aviralta’ of the Ganga, work is also being done on the contours of Arth Ganga so that a sustainable socioeconomic zone is developed around the Ganga and its tributaries.
- It has brought awareness among the people, due to which now public participation is increasing not only in the areas along the Ganga but also in the cleanliness of other rivers.
- The migrant workers returning home during the lockdown were linked to the renovation of river-ponds through the Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), benefiting local economy and preserving natural sources for storing monsoon water.
- Due to renovation of the river Karnavati, a tributary of Ganga in Mirzapur district, it will now flow throughout the year. The socio-economic model being implemented will greatly benefit areas along the banks of Karnavati.
- At the same time, the Sai river of Hardoi district which meets Gomti has been revived with the help of migrant workers.
Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration
- Government of India has instituted a scheme, “Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration” – to acknowledge, recognize and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by Districts/ organizations of the Central and State Governments.
- The awards are given every year for Excellence in implementing identified Priority Programmes of Government of India and extraordinary and innovative work done by the Organizations of Central/ State Governments/ Districts in public governance.
- Two awards shall also be given to Organizations of Central/ State Governments / Districts for Innovations in environment conservation, disaster management, water conservation, energy, education and health, women and child centric initiatives etc., of which one shall be given for innovations by Aspirational districts, under the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP).