She said the government has asked the pollution control boards to initiate action against such industrial units, in a bid to stop untreated water from flowing into the Ganga. During the Question Hour, Uma Bharti said her ministry would soon finalise a plan in this regard and send it to the Cabinet for approval.

The government has launched the ambitious 'Namami Ganga' programme to rejuvenate the river which was fully funded by the Centre. "We are committed to clean Ganga," Bharti asserted while adding that the people's representatives and the society as a whole needed to work together in this direction.

Bharti said the government proposes to encourage public participation, especially of those living on the banks of the Ganga and nearby areas in its efforts to rejuvenate the river. An Eco Task Force is being raised which will be primarily manned by former servicemen living on banks of Ganga to aid local participation, she mentioned.

Apart from rejuvenation of Ganga, the programme also covers all the tributaries of the river. "Yamuna Action Plan, Gomti Action Plan, Damodar Action Plan are already under operation and work on Ramganga and Kali is under implementation," Bharti added.

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