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National Ganga Council

Published on December 15, 2019
Current context: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the first meeting of the National Ganga Council in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on 14th Dec 19.
National Ganga Council 
  • The first meeting was aimed at reinforcing the importance of a ‘Ganga-centric’ approach in all departments of the concerned states as well as relevant Central Ministries.
  • The National Ganga Council supervises the pollution prevention and rejuvenation of River Ganga Basin, including Ganga and its tributaries.
  • The council was constituted in 2016 to oversee the cleaning of the Ganga and is supposed to meet at least once a year.
  • For the first time, the Central Government had made commitment of Rs. 20,000 crores for the period 2015-20 to the five states (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal) through which Ganga passes.
  • PM Modi also took a boat ride from Atal Ghat to Sisamau drain outfall point.
  • The Sisamau drain was one of Asia largest drains that emptied nearly 140 million litres of untreated sewage into the Ganga.


Q.1 River Ganga doesn’t pass through which among the following states?
a. Jharkhand
b. Uttar Pradesh
c. Bihar
d. Chhattisgarh

Q.2 The first meeting of the National Ganga Council is recently held in?
a. New Delhi
b. Kanpur
c. Bhopal
d. Mumbai
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