Ganga Rejuvenation, NMCG - Current Affairs Questions and Answers

1)   Which date will be observed as NMCG’s Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas?

a. May 2
b. May 3
c. May 5
d. May 6
Answer  Explanation 


May 2, 2017 will be observed as Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas by National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) at 12 locations.

These include Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Bhagalpur, Sahibganj, Kolkata, Raj Ghat (Hardoi), Bithoor, Srinagar ( Uttarakhand), Vidhur Kuti (Bijnor) and Devprayag.

Apart from these locations, with the help of Ganga Vichaar Manch, local NGOs and volunteer support, the event is slated to be organized at more than 30 other locations.

The objective of the event is to spread awareness and promote active involvement of the masses in Swachh Ganga.

The event envisages developing a sense of stewardship among masses and to actively support for Namami Gange programme.

Ganga Vichar Manch which is a volunteer wing of National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) would execute the event in close coordination with State Programme Management Groups, State Government Departments/Agencies, District Administration and other key stakeholders.

In March 2017, NMCG observed 16 days long ‘Ganga Swachhta Pakhwada’ along with five Ganga Basin States.

NMCG is organizing ‘Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas’ by considering the overwhelming success with active participation of various communities in the pakhwada.

NMCG: Know More

  • National Mission for Clean Ganga(NMCG) is the implementation wing of National Ganga River Basin Authority(NGRBA) set up under Min. of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in 2011.
  • It now works under the control of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, as per revised allocation business rules of 2014.
    The aim is to clean Ganga and its tributaries in a comprehensive manner.
  • Uma Bharti is the present Minister for Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India.
  • Namami Gange a program led by the Modi’s government undertaken in July 2014 Budget with an estimated budget of INR 20,000 Crores.
  • Namami Gange focuses on abatement of pollution with a radical approach to ensure pure water quality and sustainable development.

2)   Which of the following is/are true regarding River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Authorities Order, 2016?

1) NGRBA will come under National Council for River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management).
2) National Council for River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) will be headed by the Minister of Water Resources.

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Neither 1 nor 2


  • The order creates the National Council for River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management), as an Authority under the Chairperson of Hon’ble Prime Minister, in place of the existing NGRBA for overall responsibility for superintendence of pollution prevention and rejuvenation of river Ganga Basin.
  • The government strengthened and elevated the National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) to the level of an ‘Authority’ with powers to enforce pollution laws and penalise defaulters.
  • The NMCG, currently registered as a society, works under the Water Resources Ministry as the implementing agency of policies framed by the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) that was created in 2010.
  • It will now come under National Council for River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management).

3)   Which of the following cities are chosen for Smart Ganga City Scheme in Phase 1?

1) Patna
2) Barrackpore.
3) Rishikesh

a. 1, 3
b. 1, 2
c. 2, 3
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above


  • Union Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Union Urban Development Ministry launched Smart Ganga City Scheme today in ten important cities through video conference.
  • These cities are – Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mathura-Vrindavan, Varanasi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Patna, Sahibgunj and Barrackpore.
  • National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has chosen these cities in the first phase for infrastructure development for sewage treatment. This will be on hybrid annuity mode based on PPP model.