Centre to tap MGNREGA funds to make Saraswati flow again
The Centre plans to tap rural employment guarantee funds to recharge remnants of ancient rivers including the mythical Saraswati in a bid to boost groundwater reserves.
Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, told that a committee of secretaries from The Water, Enivornment, and Rural Development Ministries had been constituted to see how the Rs. 48,000 crore MGN- REGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) fund could be harnessed. “Reviving such palaeo-chanels may not be useful for irrigation but it could improve groundwater storage,”.
Paleo-channels: Palaeo-channels are old rivers that have dried up and filled with sedi- ment. In October, 2016 a committee of hydrologists, geologists and archaeologists ó as part of study commissioned by the Water Resources Ministry reported evidence on the course of the Saraswati, mentioned in the Rigveda and Hindu mythology.
the United Nations’ Human Settlements Programme
India unanimously elected to head UN- Habitat,the United Nations’ Human Settlements Programme
India has been unanimously elected as the President of the UN-Habitat, an organ of the United Nations’ Organisation (UNO) that pro- motes socially and environmentally sustain- able human settlements across the world, after 10 years.
Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu chaired the four day meeting of the 26th Governing Council of UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya.
Shri Naidu will preside over the deliberations of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat for the next two years.
Since the UN-Habitat came into being in 1978, It is only the third time that India has been elected to lead this important organiza- tion after 2007 and 1988.
The theme of the twenty-sixth session of the Governing Council (GC26) is as follows; ‘Opportunities for the effective implementa- tion of the New Urban Agenda’
The sub-themes for the GC26 are as follows:
Sub-theme 1: ‘Towards inclusive, sustainable and adequate housing for a better future’
Sub-theme 2: ‘Synergies and financing for sustainable urbanization’
Sub-theme 3: ‘Integrated human settlements planning for sustainable urbanization’