In a first, govt to penalise individuals for polluting Ganga

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The Narendra Modi Government is planning to penalise those found guilty of polluting the Ganga river, in a first of its kind bill which aims to ensure cleanliness and uninterrupted flow of the river.

The Ganga act is being prepared by a panel headed by Justice Girdhar Malviya, and once it is being finalised the bill will be taken up the Union Cabinet, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti told reporters here.

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“I want to ensure ensure cleanliness (Nirmalta) and uninterrupted flow (avirlta) of Ganga from its origin till its submerge into sea. Therefore, there will be provisions to punish and penalise those founded guilty of polluting or checking the flow of this holy river,” Bharti said.

The minister added that she has been requesting the committee to submit its report for the Ganga act at the earliest so that the law could be implemented.

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