Under a massive Ganga clean-up programme, a whopping sum of Rs 7,000 crore has been earmarked. Notably as the river, which is billed to be lifeline and great heritage of the country, has been polluted beyond measure. Albeit the move is laudable but the big catch is no one ensures that the fund to cleanse the Ganga is not misused, neither the Central dispensation nor concerned state governments. A lot of funds have already gone down the drain under the Ganga Action Plan but the river continues to flow dirty, even dirtier. There is no monitoring system to keep a tab on the proper use of fund in this big mission. In absence of any accountable system, Rs 7,000 crore is again likely to be drained out. If it is assumed that mere formation of National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) to clean the river will serve all purposes, it is bitter pill to swallow because earlier it was witnessed that owing to lack of proper coordination and working norms results of several projects came to naught, consequently, the pollution level of the Ganga goes high. The fact of the matter is that the water of the Ganga is not even fit for irrigation at many places. The future of Ganga seems to be at stake because the flow of the river is restricted at several places. It is significant that NGRBA should take it up seriously and must improve from the failure of Ganga Action Plan.


In order to make Ganga a pollution-free river, there is a need of an effective monitoring system for the execution of plans made by the Centre and state governments. The monitoring system should be empowered to take bold steps against those who show slackness in executing the plans prepared for cleansing the Ganga. It is irony that state governments were found lax in taking action against errant official and as a result several attempts to clean Ganga fell flat. The Central government must know that the reason of failure of Ganga Action Plan is due to misuse of the fund. It is quite dismay that despite knowing the future of the Ganga being in danger, leaders seem to be least concerned. Both the Centre and state governments are equally accountable for the dismal state of affairs which vividly reflects how apathy are our policy makers and administrative system.