Saints in Haridwar protested against the centre’s decision to market ‘Gangajal’ using postal services. The sadhus in the holy city has passed a ‘censure motion’ against commercializing of the holy water and threatened that they will move Supreme Court if the centre plans to go ahead with the project.
“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 agencies .
Meantime, countering the questions of saints, BJP leader and Minister for Communication and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the new project is a good thing if it can help Gangajal reaching to the villages of the country from Haridwar and Rishikesh.
“It will benefit the rural areas. We are changing the face of the country through the postal department,” he added. Earlier on Monday, he had officially announced that the Centre is planning to make the water from ‘holy river Ganga’ available through online sellers.
“We would get requests if by vast network of people, ganga jal can be made available to the people. I learnt it on field visits. I have directed my department to provide for a network using e-commerce platform so that people of India can get shudh (pure) Ganga jal from Haridwar/Rishikesh. We assure you all that we will take proactive steps to address the cultural needs of the people of India,” he said on Monday.
During the last Pushkaram period, India Post had sold holy water from the river Godawari.
However, According to the sources, some e-commerce websites have already begun selling Gangajal charging Rs. 299 for a litre bottle.