Monday, May 2, 2016

Adopting Assets : Meeting at Delhi

Meeting at Ministry of Water Resources, Delhi
2 May 2016
(Right: Shashi Sekhar, Secretary, MoWR)
The Empowered Steering Committee on Namami Ganga met today at Shram Shakti Bhavan, New Delhi. I attended along with Sutanu Kar, Project Director. Among other things, it was decided that ghats and crematoria would be put up for adoption in exchange of co-branding. In other words, NGOs, NRIs and Corporates would be approached through web-based notices and otherwise to take over maintenance of the ghats / electrical crematoria after the initial one year of government maintenance. Corporates may also donate capital which can be put into an endowment fund earnings from which can be used to run the crematoria / ghats. From West Bengal, we have already submitted eleven Detailed Project Reports and these are now being evaluated by IIT Kharagpur who has been appointed as Third Party Appraisal Institute by NMCG (National Mission for Clean Ganga). I told Sutanu Kar to publish notice for adoption of the crematoria on the website of SPMG (State Programme Management Group) soon.
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Mr Rajiv Gauba has taken over as Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development from today. He replaced Mr Madhusudan Prasad who retired on 30 April 2016. I called on him today and recalled that when he was Joint Secretary in MoEF, he had laid the groundwork for the NGRBA framework and I was engaged in policy level conversation many times. We had even gone in a group together with World Bank to Singapore to see how they were dealing with their river.

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from online Khabar 365
dt 2 May 2016

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