New Delhi, Apr 10: With a view to preventing the ever-increasing pollution in Yamuna, a training program for the priests was organised at the Conventional Centre in Yamuna on Monday.
On this occasion, Delhi Lieutenant Governor, VK Saxena addressed the participants urging them to play the role of educators and change-makers.
The training program follows LG’s announcement to do the same following incidents of religious waste being disposed into the Yamuna after the Ram Navami festivities, Raj Niwas communique said.
The LG said that priests play an important role as custodians and guides of various spiritual and cultural practices that often culminate in the generation of waste which is disposed of in the Yamuna. Such disposal causes pollution of Yamuna, it said.
In this context, they have a crucial role to play in preventing Yamuna pollution and protecting the sanctity of the river. Keeping this in mind, Priests from all over the city had been invited for the training programme, he said.
The LG insisted that any attempt at rejuvenation of river Yamuna will have to essentially involve the people of Delhi, who are the biggest stakeholders in the exercise, it added.
During the training programme, the priests were explained specific best practices that can help prevent pollution in Yamuna. These included promoting the use of eco-friendly materials in religious offerings, discouraging the dumping of waste or plastic in the river, and educating people about waste management practices in temples and ashrams located on the banks of the river. priests were requested to play their part in raising awareness, and promoting eco-friendly sustainable practices with local communities and other stakeholders and asked to work in tandem with government agencies, it added.
The priests were asked to sensitise people about best practices aimed at preventing pollution and encourage them to follow these. They were told that people and religious institutions should strictly prohibit throwing any kind of waste, including flowers, food, plastic, or other non-biodegradable items, into the river. The Pujaris should inform people about waste management that the waste should be collected properly and disposed in designated bins or taken away from the river bank for proper disposal.
Apart from this, the priests were told that people should be encouraged to promote the use of environment-friendly materials. Religious rituals should be conducted using eco-friendly materials such as natural flowers, leaves and organic materials instead of plastic or other non-biodegradable materials. This would help reduce the amount of waste and prevent pollution, it said.