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Centre ropes in Rotary India for Namami Gange

New Delhi : In a bid to rope in school children in the Ganga rejuvenation programme, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Rotary India.

The NMCG is spearheading the Namami Gange programme and the MoU is expected to pave the way for integrating the theme of Ganga rejuvenation with Rotary India's ‘WASH in schools’ programme.

Rotary's programme in India includes implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in targeted government schools and sensitizing all stakeholders including school children, teachers, school management communities and communities on practicing positive health behaviours for improving awareness on sanitation.

Rotary India has planned to undertake WASH in schools programme in 20,000 government schools.

The MoU will see the programme being undertaken in government schools and communities located along the Ganga in Bihar, Jharkhand and Nadia District of West Bengal, besides other states where Rotary India has a strong presence.

It will undertake activities and campaigns to create awareness in schools and communities about Ganga rejuvenation and thereby reducing the pollution flowing into the river. The emphasis will be on public outreach and community participation.

The agreement will be in force for two years.

The collaboration between NMCG and Rotary India is the latest move by the Union Water Resources Ministry in involving various stakeholders and communities in Ganga rejuvenation.

The collaboration would initially focus on synergizing the strength of Rotary International for Ganga rejuvenation without any additional financial commitment from NMCG.

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