Dehradun, September 4
Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi today stressed the urgent need to stop wastage of water. “It is indeed unfortunate that even after 65 years of Independence our country faces a shortage of clean drinking water.
It is quite sad in a state like ours which is home to mighty rivers like the Ganga and the Yamuna that there is a shortage of potable water,” said the Governor while speaking at a programme held by the State Bank of India at Raj Bhavan today. The programme was organised to distribute water purifiers to schools and other educational institutions as part of its corporate social responsibility.
The Governor appreciated the initiative of the SBI and said it would inspire other organisations. He called upon the people to resolve not to waste water and thus help the government in its efforts to provide potable water.
The Governor was welcomed by Deputy General Manager, SBI, Diwakar Bhatt.
The SBI is distributing water purifiers to educational institutions through its 19,000 branches in the country.
The Governor honoured principals of schools present on the occasion and gave away gifts to students. Anusuya Banerjee, a social worker from the IIT, Roorkee, students and teachers of many schools and representatives from various branches of the SBI were present.

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