#New Delhi: The slow pace of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream Namami Gange project has been questioned. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched this scheme in 2014. There are 406 projects under Namami Ganga. However, only 224 projects have been completed in 8 years. Union Minister of State for Water Power Vishveshwar Tudu said in response to Trinamool MP Mala Roy’s question.
The Union Minister said that the budget allocation for the National Ganga Mission for the financial years 2021-22 and 2022-23 is Tk 4,700 crore. However, no allocation is made separately to the states for Ganga Mission or Namami Gange Scheme.
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Incidentally, Namami Gange Project was launched in June 2014. Initially the duration of this project was fixed on March 31, 2021. The budget allocation for the period from 2014-15 to 2020-21 is Tk 13,624.86 crore. Out of this, Tk 10,217.02 crore is allocated for the National Ganga Mission. The program has been extended to March 31, 2026.
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Earlier, in response to a question from Trinamool Rajya Sabha leader Derek O Brien, the Union Minister said that most of the money spent on the Namami Gange project was spent on advertising. So far, the Modi government has spent 126 crore rupees on advertising and promotion in this project. In a written question in the Rajya Sabha, Derek and Brian wanted to know how much the central government has spent on advertising in the Namami Gange project?
The water ministry said decontamination of the Ganga is a long-term process and the work is underway through the National Ganga Cleanup Mission. At the same time, the Trinamool Rajya Sabha leader wanted to know, what is the possible number of bodies to be buried in the river Ganga during the second wave of Corona? In response to that question, Minister of State for Water Power Ministry Vishveshwar Tudu said that in some districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, there were reports of bodies being buried in the river Ganges. However, the Union Minister said that no statistical center has it.
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