The resignations tendered by three members of National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) not only indicates that the policy making Apex-Council is incensed with the guidelines of ruling dispensation but also presents the poignant picture of Centre’s negligence towards saving the national river of importance. Ironically, the Central government cannot deny the fact that no regular meetings of the council were convened despite several reminders on the need to hold such meetings regularly. It, however, raises questions on government’s determination on making river Ganga pollution free. Three-years back when NGRBA was established, it appeared that the Centre was focused on cleaning the river, however, at present it is not apt to make such claims and especially at a time when government’s initiative to create the authority was described as the step towards making Ganga pollution free. It is difficult to understand as to how Union government can turn a blind eye towards such an ambitious scheme. Considering the negligent attitude of the government in carrying out their river conservation programme, lack of seriousness for other important projects can be easily gauged. Taking note of the enormous expenditure already incurred on the project, the results have simply fallen flat. Surprisingly, in several regions the Ganga has become even more polluted. The river water has been contaminated to such an extent that it cannot be used even for irrigation purposes.

Although the Centre had established the NGRBA to convey a strong message for the cleaning of the holy river, but as a matter of fact the government is still laying thrust on those measures which were proved redundant and in the process several crore rupees just went down the drain. The three members of the NGRBA who submitted their resignation expressed their solidarity with Professor GD Agarwal and opposed the Centre’s ignorant stance towards his fast. The Union government can disagree with the demands made by Prof Agarwal, but it is not appropriate to overlook his fast. The Centre may take any stance on the accusations of Rajendra Singh, who resigned from the NGRBA, but the fact is that the Authority has failed in carrying out the entrusted task. The problem is not merely that the task of cleaning the Ganga is being ignored, but same approach is being adopted in the cleaning of other polluted rivers in the country. And both the Centre and the state governments are to be blamed for lackadaisical approach in making the rivers pollution free. With innumerous predictions and possibilities of massive water crisis in future, the ignorance of natural water resources, especially rivers is a matter of national concern.