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Scientists-academicians to seek Modi's intervention in GD Agrawal's stir; fast continues on 65th day

8/25/2018

New Delhi, Concerned by falling health of Prof GD Agrawal (Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand) who is on hunger strike for the cause of the Ganga in Kankhal-Haridwar for 65 days, a group of scientists, academicians and social activists today decided to make a fresh bid for seeking intervention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reach out to people for their participation in Agrawal's Ganga Campaign. At a meeting held at the Punjabi Bhawan here the group took stock of health of the 87-year old IIT professor turned sanyaasi and decided to break the prevailing 'state of apathy' by the Centre towards his protracted fast, Stockholm Water Award winning activist Dr Rajendra Singh said. Dignitaries attended the meeting include, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) former Chairman Mr Paritosh Tyagi, Prof SK Gupta, Chairman, Enviro-Tech, former IITians Prof Ravi Chopra (IIT-Bombay), Prof Satish Mehta (IIT-Delhi) and Magsaysay awardee Mr MC Mehta(SC-lawyer). They observed that fasting saint's health was falling as he has lost more than 12 Kg weight since launch of hunger strike on June 22, Mr Singh told UNI. They decided to form three groups to give pitch to the octogenarian's voice.A technical group comprising former faculty members of various IITs will seek audience fron PM Mr Modi and some of the union ministers, he said. They would impress the leaders of justification in Agrawal's demands of immediate enactment of the Ganga Protection and Management Act and halting works on hydro-power projects along tributaries of the Ganga, Alaknanda and Mandakini, Singh sdded Other group of scientists would generate public awareness over scientific aspects of issues being raised by Prof Agrawal. The third group of social activists would work to reach out to masses to ensure people's participation in the stir for making it a nationwide mass movement.

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