What is the National Mission for Clean Ganga?

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Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat recently chaired 10th meeting of Empowered Task Force of National Mission for Clean Ganga

About the National Mission for Clean ganga:

  • NMCG was established in 2011 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as a registered society.
  • NMCG under National Ganga Council is supported by the State level Programme Management Groups (SPMGs) in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.
  • It is an initiative taken by the Government of India to address the pollution of the river Ganga by providing financial and technical assistance.
  • Aims and objectives:
    • To accomplish the mandate of National Ganga Council
    • Prevention, control and abatement of environmental pollution and rejuvenation of the river Ganga by adopting a river basin approach.
    • To maintain minimum ecological flows in the river Ganga with the aim of ensuring water quality and environmentally sustainable development.
  • Vision:
    • Restoring the wholesomeness of the river defined in terms of ensuring:
      • Aviral Dhara - that is continuous flow of water
      • Nirmal Dhara - that is unpolluted flow of water
      • Geologic and ecological integrity
    • Structure:
      • It has a two-tier management structure, comprising of Governing Council and Executive Committee
      • The work of coordinating, supervising and deliberating on funding Namami Ganga projects is carried out by an executive committee of the NMCG that meets every month.
    • In 2020, the World Bank has approved a five-year loan (for the second phase) to the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) or Namami Gange Project worth Rs.3,000 crore to help stem pollution in the Ganga river basin.


Q1) What is NGRBA?

The ‘National Ganga River Basin Authority’ (NGRBA) was set up by the Central Government on 20th Feb, 2009 as a collaborative institution of Central and State Governments under the Environment (Protection) Act (EPA) of 1986 for abatement of pollution of River Ganga. 

Source: All India Radio