Launched in 2014, the initiative to clean Ganga river has been serving thousands of lives with cleaner water and better water drainage systems and spreading awareness around water pollution
Hosting over 40% of Indian population, River Ganga serves a major role in the country owing to its cultural and spiritual significance. The Prime Minister addressed in 2014 that if they are able to clean the river, it will be of immense help for a large proportion of the population in India. Therefore, this initiative also serves an economic agenda.
To interpret this vision, the Government propelled an incorporated Ganga protection strategic ‘Namami Gange‘ to contain the contamination of Ganga River and restore the waterway. The Union Cabinet endorsed the activity plan proposed by Center to spend Rs 20,000 Crores till 2019-2020 on cleaning the waterway, expanding the financial limit by four-fold and with 100% central share.
Perceiving the multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional nature of the Ganga Rejuvenation challenge, endeavors have been made to improve the centre-state coordination with a vast plan of action and enhanced monitoring at both, state and central levels.
The execution of the program has been segregated into first level activities which will show immediate and noticeable effect, medium term initiatives to be implemented within 5 years and lastly, long term activities involving plan implementations within 10 years.
National Mission for Clean Ganga, attempts to send the best accessible knowledge and assets over the world for restoration of river Ganga. Nations, for example, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Israel and so on have demonstrated enthusiasm for teaming up with India for Ganga revival. MoUs were signed with different Central Ministries viz.- Ministry of Ayush, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of Agriculture among many others for synergizing the Government’s plans.