Namami Gange: Clean Ganga Mission first meet

Namami Gange: Clean Ganga Mission

Namami Gange Project has its first meet today. A project to clean the most worshipped river of India, Ganga.

The most sacred river of Hindus upholds the religious, cultural ethnicity of India. A few of us call address it as the ‘most sacred’ river where others address it as the ‘most populated’ river.

Why is Ganga such an important river?


It is the main reason for existence for many people and has been used for irrigation from ancient times. The banks of river ‘Ganga’ was the provincial capital for many kingdoms in India. Ganga is worshipped as goddess Ganga who incarnated as Ganges. Ganga is the embodiment of all sacred waters and rivers in Hindu mythology. Ganga has been a symbol of India’s age-long culture and civilization, ever-changing, ever-flowing, and yet the same sacred Ganga.

Many Hindus believe that a dip in river Ganga can get you rid of all the sins committed in life. It is a belief for the purification of soul. A place to find Moksha for many Hindus.

800px-Varanasi_ghatsWhy is the need to clean Ganga?

One-third of deaths can be attributed to water-borne diseases. Pollution has brought a major change in the health of people. It affects life of wild animals and marine animals. Ganga was ranked the fifth most polluted river in the world in 2007 and still remains one of the most polluted rivers in the world affecting over 400 million people who live close to the river.

What have we done so far to clean?

Many plans has been taken to clean Ganga. Back in 1986, Ganga Action Plan came into existence. Later National River Ganga Basin Authority in 2009 and many more such plans which focused on building factories far from Ganga and preventing dumping untreated waste directly into the river.

The plans haven’t been successful due to lack of technical expertise, poor planning and of course an added common tag of corruption

What is Namami Gange?

Namami Gange is PM Narendra Modi’s pet project which was announced in July 2014 with the allocation of INR2, 037 crore will have its first meet today.

Earlier plans had town-centric approach which focused mostly upon famous towns but Namami Ganga, Mission Clean Ganga builds on lessons from the past, and will look at the entire Gangetic basin while planning and prioritizing investment. The idea looks promising. We hope to see plan in action soon.

The government has approved to set up “Clean Ganga Fund,” which will accept voluntary contributions from residents, non-resident Indians  and Persons of Indian Origin towards cleaning of the river Ganga.Many counties have offered financial and technical support for Namami Gange project. The process might take at least 18 years to be completed as it covers almost the entire part of northern India and stretches from Uttarakhand in northwest to West Bengal in eastern India.

Natural resources are the greatest assets to any Nation and for a country like India Natural resources adds strength and ethnicity. Negligence to an extent has brought this to such a stage where rectifying the mistake might cost a lost but it’s never too late to start something good. Maybe its time to treat the natural resources with the respect they deserve. Maybe it’s time to make a better India.

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  1. Honestly Vidyashree, even today if you preserve a bottle of the water of Gange, and you can see that it is fine even after a few months as well. It is indeed true that river Gange is being the source of life for many families, and it should be preserved…

  2. Hi Vidyashree, You have written an appropriate post and I can only pray to God to let this mighty and beautiful river become clean once again.. Its so vast and beautiful and is the lifeline of India… For pure agricultural and beneficial reasons if not for religious and sentimental reasons, just make it clean.
    PS – Thanks for your love at my place :)Hope you and Vinay are fine Will catch up soon 🙂

  3. As Narendra Modi Govt took over the reins of free India a few months
    back, Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission called ‘Namami Gange’ was
    announced by the BJP-led government with much fan fare with an initial
    sum of Rs 2,037 crore allocated in the Union Budget for 2014-15. Let us
    be aware, the issue of purification of Ganga Maa is very close to the
    heart of Shri Narendra Modi and I truly appreciate it.

    An RTI query has some shocking revelations about a meeting held by
    National Mission for Clean Ganga at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi. Whopping sum
    of Rs 43.85 Lacs has been spent on just the aforesaid meeting!

    The money spent on the meetings and accommodation of guests coming for
    the meeting was approximately Rs 26.7 Lacs, and on publicity it was Rs
    5.1 Lacs.

    The biggest shocker is the amount spent by the government on floral
    decorations equaling Rs 75000! Rs 2.3 Lacs were spent on miscellaneous

    • 43 lakhs? That’s a total shocker! No wonder where all the money goes. This is disappointing. The same money could have used for solving a few issues. Thank you Prasahant for passing on this information.