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Clean Ganga Mission

India has many rivers flowing across its length and breadth, and of all of them River Ganga is the most significant with economic, environmental and cultural value. The Ganges rises at the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas, and after traversing a course of more than 2,500 km through the plains of north and eastern India, merges with the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges accounts for 26 per cent of India’s landmass, 30 per cent of [...]

Tracking the Clean Ganga Project - Law to Stop Effluent Discharge

The government of India agrees that it needs to adhere to a policy so that effluents are no longer discharged into Ganga in order to make sure that it is successful in Clean Ganga project. This is the reason it is thinking about a new law that will make sure that zero effluent discharge actually becomes a reality. It is expected to consult with the states through which the river passes before finally coming up [...]

Clean Ganga Campaign Moves at Snail’s Progress in Uttarakhand

The Clean Ganga Project was started with a significant amount of fanfare in 2014 after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India following what could be termed as a landslide victory. However, as far as Uttarakhand is concerned, the work is going on at a snail’s pace. A major project has been proposed till date in the state and it is supposed to be executed at 16 locations. The projects have been sanctioned by [...]

Tracking the Clean Ganga Project - June 2015

Sriprakash Jaiswal, an erstwhile union minister, has lashed out at the Clean Ganga programme. He has stated that in order to clean the river, steps have to be taken at the ground level. Jaiswal has stated that just words coming from ministers will not be good enough to clean the river. The river gets polluted on a daily basis and this is why strong measures are needed to check the situation. In some ways, Jaiswal [...]

Progress made by Modi Government

When Modi stormed into power in 2014 by winning Lok Sabha election with massive mandate, he delivered a strong message: “We are not here for any positions but for a responsibility”. From bureaucrats to MPs, everyone started falling in line. Be it strengthening foreign policy or launching welfare schemes for low-income group, team Modi has been working hard to fulfil people’s expectations. Modi-led government is clocking over a year at the wheel. Here are 10 [...]

One Year of Modi Government: A Look Back

It has almost been a year since Narendra Modi assumed the post of India’s Prime Minister. During the year, his administration has taken plenty of steps – some of which have been lauded for their potential to create a positive impact from the perspective of the country while some have not been so popular. While criticising Modi, it needs to be taken into consideration that it is not entirely possible to bring about a drastic [...]

Clean Ganga Mission

When Narendra Modi had filed his nomination papers as a BJP candidate representing Varanasi he had stated to the common people that it was Maa Ganga who had beckoned him over there and it was not out of his own accord that he had chosen to contest from Varanasi. Later on, he also committed himself to clean up the holy river and started the ambitious Clean Ganga project spanning 18 years. Unfortunately, not much has [...]

Purify Yamuna before cleaning Ganga

The Indian Government has made a commitment to clean up River Yamuna, in addition to Ganga, and if Uma Bharti is to be believed then it intends on following through with that promise rather soon. The Water Resources Minister of India has stated that the national government is committed when it comes to cleaning up what is regarded as the second most important river in northern India. She has stated that cleaning Yamuna forms an [...]

Uma Bharti Promises to Clean Ganga in Two Years

Uma Bharti, the Union Water Resources Minister, has said that the work for cleaning Ganga will be completed in two years. While speaking at Hoshangabad on 15 February, she said that work will be done keeping in mind the issue of quality. Perhaps, she was trying to imply that it will not be a cover up job as most people have come to expect from any government project. According to her, the plan to clean [...]

Partnership between India and Germany

In what could be regarded as a major shot in the arm for the Clean Ganga project, Germany has promised that it will provide 3 million Euros. It will also look at various ways in which the river can be developed for which the level of cooperation between the two countries will be enhanced through the Indo-German Energy Forum. The forum was originally set up to help India with its energy requirements through partnerships between [...]