The Mata Amritanandanmayi Math, founded by spiritual leader and humanitarian Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, will donate a whopping Rs 100 crore towards the Prime Minister’s ‘Namami Gange’ Project.
Amritanandamyai Devi, popularly known as Amma, will present a draft for Rs 100 crore to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at a function here at the Amritapuri Ashram on September 11, the Math said in a release here, adding that the money is to be utilised for the express purpose of building toilets in the poor villages surrounding the Ganges.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amma had first discussed the possibility of the Math joining hands with the government on the Clean Ganga Project during a visit to Delhi on March 28 this year.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister had conveyed his gratitude to Amma for the Math’s environmental initiatives, which he said were very much in line with his own Swachh Bharat programme, the release added.
The Mata Amritanandamayi Math had launched its Amala Bharatam Campaign (ABC) in 2010 with the goal of improving public health and restoring India’s physical beauty.
As part of ABC, lakhs of volunteers are regularly cleaning public areas and spreading awareness in schools regarding the proper methods for the disposal of trash and the importance of not spitting or urinating in public.
The campaign also saw volunteers taking up a massive annual cleaning of the world-famous Sabarimala pilgrimage site and Pampa river, the release said.