New Delhi: After an attack on the Uttar Pradesh government for alleged irregularities in the MGNREGA scheme, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has already been in the media, but now its turn of Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan to target the Mayawati government.

The Environment Minister on Thursday through a letter to UP Chief Minister Mayawati, has expressed her unhappiness over the state government’s failure in implementation of the Centre's River Ganga conservation programme.

"In last two years, the Ministry has sanctioned several projects for conservation of river Ganga and lakes like Ramgarh Tal at Gorakhpur. Hundreds of crores have been released to Uttar Pradesh for implementation of these projects, " Natarajan said.

"I hear that the state government has not used the money properly. So our efforts, all our plans to clean river Ganga which flows to important parts of UP have not been able to succeed because of the indifference shown by the state government with regard to pollution," she said.

Natarajan even asked Mayawati to direct State Pollution Control Board officials to take steps to curb pollution in Aami River in Gorakhpur.

Notably, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had received complaints from villagers about industrial pollution in Aami River while he was touring eastern Uttar Pradesh in July.

JPN/Bureau