Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said that the state government would fully cooperate with Centre in cleaning of rivers.
Inaugurating the 35th Junior National Rowing Championships being held at the Gomati River here, the Chief Minister said that cleaning the rivers is important as it is a part of 'our culture and identity.'
"Rivers are part of our culture and identity. We will work to save the rivers. The government would fully cooperate in cleaning of rivers", he said. "In the earlier times trade was done through waterways. It is the good fortune of Lucknow that a river flows through it and important buildings are situated on its banks," he said adding that budget is required for the cleaning of rivers.
Yadav was recently nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with eight other public figures to promote the
cleanliness programme in the state. A competition has started in the name of cleanliness, he said, and we will have to think in which direction we have to go.
Meanwhile, Yadav also said that his government has honoured sportspersons by rewarding the athletes, and refuted
allegations that SP gives preference to wrestlers. "If you see the list of Yash Bharti awardees you will find that players of all the games have been felicitated. It is the socialists who have honoured the sportspersons the most", he added.
Photos: Sonam Kapoor and Kriti Sanon at Mumbai airport
Shikhar Dhawan birthday: Top 10 scores by an Indian on Test debut
Spotted: Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra at a Mumbai multiplex
Photos: Sana Khan, Gurmeet Choudhary promote 'Wajah Tum Ho'
Spotted: Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and other celebs at Mumbai airport