Ministry of Water Resources Current Affairs

Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas to be celebrated on May 02, 2017

May 2, 2017 will be observed as Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas by National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) at 12 locations, namely, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Bhagalpur, Sahibganj, Kolkata, Raj Ghat (Hardoi), Bithoor, Srinagar ( Uttarakhand), Vidhur Kuti (Bijnor) and Devprayag. Apart from these locations, with the help of Ganga Vichaar Manch, local NGOs and volunteer support, the event is slated to be organized at more than 30 other locations.

The objective of the event is to spread awareness and promote active involvement of the masses in Swachh Ganga. The event envisages developing a sense of pride and ownership among masses and to actively support for Namami Gange programme.

Ganga Vichar Manch which is a volunteer wing of National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) would execute the event in close coordination with State Programme Management Groups, State Government Departments/Agencies, District Administration and other key stakeholders at each of the above locations.

Background

In March 2017, NMCG observed 16 days long ‘Ganga Swachhta Pakhwada’ along with five Ganga Basin States. The event emerged as a mass movement with the participation of various stakeholders. NMCG is organizing ‘Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas’ by considering the overwhelming success with active participation of various communities in the pakhwada.

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NGRBA brought under Ministry of Water Resources

The National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) has been shifted from the Ministry of Environment to the Ministry of Water Resources . Hereafter, all issues pertaining to conservation, development management and abatement of pollution in river Ganga and its tributaries will also be directed by the Ministry of Water Resources.

National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA)

The government of India gave River Ganga the status of a national river and constituted the NGRBA in February 2009, under Section 3(3) of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. 

NGRBA is a planning, financing, monitoring and coordinating body of the Centre and the states. The purpose of the NGRBA is to ensure effective abatement of pollution and conservation of the river Ganga by adopting a river basin approach for comprehensive planning and management.

The NDA-led central government has given priority for cleaning river Ganga for which Rs 2,037 crores was sanctioned in the Union Budget 2014-15 under the Ganga Conservation Mission named “Namami Gange”.

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