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Saints protest against commercialisation of ‘Gangajal’, threaten to move SC


Haridwar/New Delhi : The Centre’s initiative to get ‘Gangajal’ delivered at doorsteps by Indian Postal Services may receive a jolt after saints in this holy city on Wednesday passed a “censure motion” condemning the government for using e-commerce platform to sell the holy water.

They warned the government to stop commercialisation of Ganjajal, else they would move the Supreme Court (SC).

“This is Hindustan. Ganga is our mother and the soul of over 100 crores Indians. Selling mother is not just a sin, but a greatest sin. Ganga is our faith. We condemn the scheme launched by the government. If they don’t stop it, we will move to the Supreme Court,” Swami Achyutanand Teerth Ji Maharaj told ANI after their proceeding was over.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader and Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “If Gangajal from Haridwar and Rishikesh reaches to villages of the country, it’s a good thing. It will benefit the rural areas. We are changing the face of the country through the postal department.”

As per reports, the plan to provide the holy water has already been implemented by some of the e-commerce websites and for a litre bottle sourced from Gomukh, the place from where the river originates, the e-commerce company charges Rs 299. (ANI)

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