Days after it advised all District Ganga Committees to address the issue of bodies being dumped in the river, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) asked Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to submit a “detailed report” in two days, it is learnt. This was conveyed by NMCG to senior officials of both states during a meeting chaired by Jal Shakti Secretary Pankaj Kumar.

What

  1. Both states were asked to give a “detailed report” on the issue of dumping of bodies in the river as well as its tributaries.
  2. The impact of the floating bodies on the Ganga’s water quality was also a topic that came up for discussion.
  3. The CPCB has been asked to increase the frequencies of sampling of Ganga water.
  4. The states have been asked to focus on critical districts while alerting all districts to prevent dumping of the dead bodies in river Ganga.
  5. Not only throwing of dead bodies in rivers but burial in sand along rivers also needs to be prevented.
  6. The District Ganga Committees are headed by the respective District Collectors and are tasked to ensure “rejuvenation, protection, restoration and rehabilitation of River Ganga and its tributaries” in each specified district.

Flashback

  1. National Mission for Clean Ganga(NMCG) was registered as a society on 12th August 2011 under the Societies Registration Act 1860.
  2. It acted as implementation arm of National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) which was constituted under the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act (EPA) 1986.
  3. NGRBA has since been dissolved with effect from the 7th October 2016, consequent to constitution of National Council for Rejuvenation, Protection and Management of River Ganga (referred as National Ganga Council) on 2nd September 2019