The National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) has been transferred to the ministry of water resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation from the environment ministry.
An official statement said NGRBA, including the mission directorate, national mission for clean Ganga and other related matters of Ganga Rejuvenation, have been transferred to the ministry of water resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation from the ministry of environment, forest and climate change.
All issues related to conservative, development man- agement and abatement of pollution in river Ganga and its tributaries will also be looked after by the ministry of water resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, the release added.
The move comes against the backdrop of the NDA government giving priority for cleaning river Ganga for which R2,037 crores was earmarked in the Union Budget under the Ganga Conservation Mission called ‘‘Namami Gange’’.
The NGRBA is a planning, financing, monitoring and coordinating body of the Centre and the states.
The objective of the NGRBA is to ensure effective abatement of pollution and conservation of the river Ganga by adopting a river basin approach for comprehensive planning and management.
The government of India gave River Ganga the status of a
national river and constituted the National Ganga River Basin
Authority (NGRBA) in February 2009, under Section 3(3) of the
Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.