Ganga to be declared the National River of India

In a recent meeting of the ministers for water resources, environment, forest and urban development held at New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that the Ganga would soon be declared India's national river.

Times of India reports

Chairing a meeting of the ministers for water resources, environment, forest and urban development, Singh mentioned the ‘special place the Ganga has in the hearts and minds of all Indians’ and said that the "emotional link needs to be recognized".

The PM proposed to set up a Ganga River Basin Authority to plan, implement and monitor the efforts to revive the river.

To be headed by the Prime Minister, the authority will have the chief ministers belonging to the Gangetic plains as members.

Even without the National River of India tag, River Ganga is an object of reverence for millions of Hindus in India and around the world. The water of River Ganga is considered as a symbol of the Supreme Being and worshipped. So the National River tag is a much lesser honor.

But if the National River of India tag could clean Ganga River, get rid of the pollution and make it free flowing and make Ganga a National Treasure then it will be a great achievement. Just not from the religious point of view, but for the lives of millions of people that depend on a clean and free flowing Ganga.

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