Age and stature can’t prevent one from performing a noble deed and serving the society. A 10-year-old boy from Chennai has shown the golden side of his heart. G Shashank has donated Rs 1,000 to the efforts of cleaning the river Ganges. Even more amazing is the fact that the boy pocketed the amount by securing the first prize in a school competition. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he requested to utilize his contribution for “the Ganga River Cleaning process”. He also mentioned that he is sending the contribution to the National Relief Fund as he wants to do “national work”. In the letter, Shashank referred to Ganga as the ‘religious river of our country’ and that we should ‘maintain it’. The boy also invited PM Modi to his house in Chennai.
Meanwhile, PK Bali, Under Secretary, from the Prime Minister’s Office promptly wrote back to Shashank thanking him and acknowledging his contribution. He also informed him that PM Modi appreciated the “thoughtful gesture”.
Saving the Ganga has also been on top of Modi government’s agenda. Way back in the mid-1980s, the government launched the first leg of Ganga Action Plan (GAP), embarking on a mission to clean up India’s holiest – but one of the most polluted – river. But three decades and thousands of crores later, the river’s water quality has gone from bad to worse. The Modi government had came up with a Namami Gange project worth Rs 20,000 crore. The project looks at having floating debris collected and cleaned off the river surface in 10 cities to bring about a visible change.
About 450 million people depend on the river which in its 2,500 km journey flows from the Gangotri in the Himalayas to Diamond Harbour in the Bay of Bengal.