Jaipur: Claiming the failure of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) in protecting the river, three non-governmental members including the Magsaysay award-winner 'Waterman' Rajendra Singh submitted their resignation to the Prime Minister.
The members also accused the central government on neglecting the national river. The authority is headed by the Prime Minister.

Rajendra Singh alleged that the last meeting of the authority was held in November 2010. He also added that Prime Minister has always ignored the suggestions and activities of the members of NGRBA.

To protest the inaction of the government in protecting the river and expressing solidarity with Rajendra Singh, two other members of the NGRBA’s Apex Council have also resigned: Ravi Chopra (from People’s Science Institute, Dehradun) and former professor Rashid Hyatt Siddiqui (Aligarh Muslim University).

According to sources, Rajendra Singh would come out with a Ganga Lok Bill within a week proposing strong and effective legislative measures to protect the River.

On the other hand, noted environmentalist G D Agrawal on Friday sat on fast-unto-death to press for saving the river Ganges.

The NGRBA was constituted on February 20, 2009, under Section 3(3) of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and its objective was to ensure effective control of pollution and conservation of the river by adopting a river-basin approach for comprehensive planning and management.