New Delhi, September 22 (G’nY News Service): After almost two decades of futility, the Indian government has finally sought the help of global leaders to assist it in cleaning the Ganga. The revelation was announced during the US-India Business Council (USIBC) meeting held in Washington on September 21, 2015.
Addressing the symposium, the Union Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj asserted that India’s alliance with the United States is ‘defined by natural synergy of democracies and easy identification among the people’ and that India envisages overcoming a weighty chunk of its pervading challenges by leveraging on its relationship with the US. “The business of diplomacy in India’s present government is business. The government’s priority from day one has been to make it easy to do business in India and with India.” she was quoted saying by the Financial Express.
The 40th USIBC Summit, held in the USIBC headquarters in Washington, was attended by a long list of luminaries including the US Secretary of State John Kerry, and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Power Minister Piyush Goyal, besides Ajay Banga, Chairman USIBC and Mukesh Aghi, president of the USIBC.
India’s maiden attempt to clean the Ganga, named the Ganga Action Plan, was started by Rajiv Gandhi in June 14, 1986 in Varanasi. Eventually, the forlorn attempt, called GAP I, was integrated into GAP II, launched in 1993, which has been in place until it was replaced by Namami Gange in 2014.
Opening up the plans of the Government of India (GoI), Sushma Swaraj said that apart from the focus on the Ganga, the bilateral priorities also include building 100 smart cities, skill building of 300 million youth by 2022, along with providing affordable power and housing to all and for Digital India.
Accentuating on the fact that the aim of the NDA government, since its inception, is to meet the country’s developmental priorities she also said that the elevating relationship between the two countries will result in inevitable economic growth.
The new initiatives will result is expected to bolster the FDI inflow and thus provide tremendous commercial and business opportunities for the US industry as well as its Indian partners from both the public and private sector.
Earlier in August 2015, leaders of both the countries met in New Delhi to adopted a Joint Strategic Vision for Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean Region.