India, Germany join hands for waste management, river cleaning

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Germany’s visiting foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier agreed to give each other their cooperation in solid waste management and cleaning of rivers during a meet.

The visiting minister also conveyed Germany’s strong desire to work with the new Indian government to further expand and deepen bilateral relations.

According to a PMO statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Germany’s remarkable economic resurgence over the past decade and added that India and Germany which are bound by democratic values, are “made for each other” because of complementary skills and resources to power the next generation of industrial development through partnering in manufacturing and infrastructure development.

He further added that both India and Germany should develop a concrete time-bound plan for training of Indian youth to meet Indian needs and the global requirement of skilled human resources.

Modi also pressed for taking forward the ongoing cooperation in the area of clean energy and forging new partnerships in the areas of solid waste management, waste water treatment and cleaning of rivers, the statement said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to take Germany’s help in skill development, waste management and river cleaning assumes significance that he has enlisted cleanliness as his priority agenda.

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