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    Hindus call the river Ganga Mata, or mother Ganga, and they believe that a dip in the holy river absolves sins of a whole lifetime.

    Indian government has spent less than a 25% of the funds available for a mission to clean up the river Ganga over the past two years. This information has come to light after a federal audit, which has cited various lapses in the core planning and overall financial management of this flagship scheme.

    The Modi government had only used approximately USD 260 million of the USD 1.05 billion that was allocated for the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) program for the period April 2015 to March 2017, this is according to a CAG report. The report also says that it is found in a survey that the water quality in eight of 10 towns along the Ganga did not meet the outdoor bathing standards. The160-page report was presented to parliament last week. Since then the water resources ministry, which is in charge of the NMCG, had been unable to respond to a request for comment.

    PM Narendra Modi’s administration had committed USD 3 billion in the year 2015 for a five-year project to clean the 2,525-km long stretch of river that is heavily polluted despite it being a water source for more than 400 million people.

    PM Narendra Modi, who himself represents the holy city of Varanasi, had made the clean-up of the river one of his key campaign promises in the 2014 general election, which he won with a heavy margin.

    The Ganga river is one of the most revered rivers in the world but sadly also one of the most polluted. It is worshipped primarily by Hindus, who make up for about 80 % of India’s 1.3 billion population. Hindus call the river Ganga Mata, or mother Ganga, and they believe that a dip in the holy river absolves sins of a whole lifetime.

    This river, stretching from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, is also used as dump for waste products, produced by hundreds of factories which flow untreated into the Ganges. It is time that the government reconsiders its position and takes strict measures to purify the most revered river in India.







    Our rivers our our mothers as they not only provide us water to drink, keep us clean, wash our dirty clothes and sustain our lives but are also the greatest source of irrigation that give us food to survive. But unfortunately the incrasing industrialisation and our lust for materialism have made our mother i.e. the rivers badly polluted and toxic having no relevence for being the holy rivers, as mentioned in our sacred Upnishads and Vedas.

    The way major rivers of the country like, the Ganges, Yamuna, Saraswati, Brahmaputra and other rivers and their tributaries are being polluted, raped and murdered such instances and examples have never ever been witnessed in the the context of the rivers of the foreign countries.Sounds shocking, highly worrisome and disturbing that in the land of abode of Gods like Uttarakhand and the entire country, Ganga being worshipped as the Goddess by billions of the devotees globally, this very river is the most polluted one today with Yamuna too following suit thus inviting the attention of the honourable courts of the country and the National Green tribunal.

    Whole world knows that hundreds of thousands of crores have been allocaed for the cleanliness of the Ganga and the Yamuna by the world bank and the Government of India since the last two decades but of no avail. The present government of the BJP led government at the centre led by Narendra Modi has already allotted/ sanctioned 4000 crores and even more for the upside down cleanliness of the Ganges by announcing a separate ministry of Ganga rejuvenation giving 2019 as the final deadline to do the needful though everybody know that its a mere slogan to entice votes in the name of the blind trust of God fearing Indians who would always vote for MAA GANGA MAYYA even if it is not cleaned.

    Lets see what happens till 2019 as the minister concerned who was really too serious on this count, the saffron clad Uma Bharati has been shunted out. Lot of talks are being done by the honourable courts to clean the pious Ganga and the Yamuna but have the concerned authorities like ministry of environment and the pollution control bard ever taken any initiative to close or cancel the licences of hundreds of tanneries and factories releasing hundreds of thousands of tonnes of toxic chemicals and waste into the pious Ganges and Yamuna.

    Have the governments of various states and centre ever thought of curbing the incessant practice of immersion of lakhs of Durga and Ganesh idols in various seas of the country. Have the pollution Control Board of India ever stopped them or applied checks on these pro pollution activities. Why is that that ultimately that ultimately the apex court has to intervene and then too things do not reach to its logical conclusion of setting things into right perspective.

    The citizens of the country shouldn’t forget that the rivers are the lifeline of the cities and the country. The countrymen should ensure that our religious rites do not clash with our ecological obligations. We will have to be entirely responsible to maintain and protecting our ecology while pursuing our religious faiths and duties.

    The seventy-year-old former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat is ailing having been shifted to Delhi’s high profile Ganga Ram Hospital today after being in CMI Dehradun for the last three days.
    The former Union minister for Labor and Agriculture in Dr. Manmohan Singh’s Congress government, Harish Rawat have been an experienced but a controversial chief minister of Uttarakhand after replacing the then CM Vijay Bahuguna in the year 2015, his permanent bete noire. Vijay Bahuguna later on joined Bhartiya Janata Party along with 9 MLAs, majority of whom are now ministers in BJP government of Uttarakhand led by Trivendra Singh Rawat.
    After losing badly in the previous election in Uttarakhand, Rawat preferred to stay put at Dehradun and revive the Congress Party. He lost from both the legislative constituencies from where he contested being the state chief minister sending shock waves in Congress. Though Harish Rawat was quite popular and commanded tremendous influence amongst the masses in Uttarakhand the Bharatiya Janata Party under Narendra Modi’s influence and due to large scale majority polarisation won 57 seats, gaining an excessive majority, not witnessed ever before in the 17-year-old history of the state after attaining statehood.
    Badly battered politically in the last election and a victim of CBI enquiry in connection with the alleged bribing of MLAs when his government suffered political deceit and betrayal from his own MLAs under former CM Vijay Bahuguna’s leadership who later on joined BJP during Rawat’s tenure, is today a lonely man with all his trusted supporters having left him in political quandary. Harish Rawat was admitted with acute pain in his leg due to clotting of blood and problem of blood pressure as well. He has become weak and frail and requires tremendous rest. In Dehradun he being the former Chief minister, was fed up with a stream of political leaders, chamchas and die hard supporters visiting him for political hazeeries and to know about his health.
    As a result was unable to convalesce. He was advised to be shifted to Delhi for complete rest and better treatment. His entire expenses would be borne by the Uttarakhand government as per his eligibility and entitlement, being the former chief minister of the state. Despite losing in Uttarakhand Harish Rawat is still too much mobile and have been participating in political programmes and functions quite actively and with enthusiasm.  His presence in Uttrakhand politics gives tremendous morale boosting to the local Congress workers and leaders.