"We will hold a conference after six months where we will discuss all the research papers and make a coordinated effort in the direction of establishing the health impacts of Ganga water," Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda said while addressing a workshop here on 'Non-Putrefying Properties of Ganga Water'.
The minister assured financial support to Indian Council of Medical Research which will conduct the research along with Water Resources and Environment and Health Ministry. The findings of the research will be published in the form of a declaration, he said.
Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti said the initiative can provide a new direction to the much-talked about National Mission for Clean Ganga.

"There are three aspects of the Ganga river; religious, economic and its medical benefits. While much has been known about the religious and economic aspects of the river, the health impact of its water has never been researched upon. It is very important as it will give a direction to the National Mission for Clean Ganga," she said.
Bharti said that the biggest challenge was to maintain consistency in cleaning the Ganga due to its religious characteristic. "Cleaning of Ganga is not a challenge for us. It is more important to maintain its consistency as thousands of people take dips in it in a day. So, cleaning it only once will not work," she said.

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