The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has
rejected the claims of Sankat Mochan Foundation, a Varanasi based registered
society committed to clean River Ganga. The society had reported substantial
increase in level of pollutants in Ganga.
NMCG is the implementation wing of the National
Ganga Council. It was registered as a under
the Societies Registration Act 1860. The government through the River Ganga
(Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Authorities Order, 2016, declared
NMCG as an Authority. It has been powers to issue directions and also to
exercise the powers under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986
Previously, NMCG was the implementation wing of
the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA). In 2016, NGRBA was replaced
by National Council for River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management),
also known as National Ganga Council. The council has the overall
responsibility for superintendence of pollution prevention and rejuvenation of
river Ganga Basin.
The NMCG implements the Namami Gange programme. The
Namami Gange is an Integrated Conservation Mission which seeks effective
abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of River Ganga.