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CAG’s Audit Report “Rejuvenation of River Ganga (NamamiGange)” was tabled in Parliament on 19 December and it’s a familiar tale of woe and apathy towards the lifeline of North India. In September, the charge of the pet project of PM Modi was taken over from Uma Bharti and given to Nitin Gadkari as the program was plagued by severe problems. Bharti passed the blame to the CM Yogi government in UP, citing delays and roadblocks.
This CAG report, a performance audit of the projects, progress and monitoring mechanisms, highlights various shortcomings and suggests solutions for the same.
The CAG report recommends better coordination among the plethora of agencies and ministries at center and state level who share the responsibility in this PM Modi-led initiative. It also recommends focusing on Annual Plans and adhering to them properly by a frequent meeting of monitoring and evaluating bodies. As the river chokes to a slow death, this government initiative seems to be headed for the same fate as suffered by Ganga Action Plan launched by Rajiv Gandhi government in 1985 and later efforts by successive governments.
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