OVER 86 PER CENT of contributions to the Clean Ganga Fund (CGF) since 2015, totalling Rs 189.17 crore, were made by government entities while those from NRIs and PIOs were less than two per cent, according to records obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
According to records provided by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, under the RTI Act, contributions from “government departments, government organisations, public sector undertakings” received during 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 (till September 30) added up to Rs 163.49 crore, or 86.42 per cent, of the total contribution.
The records show that “private organisations” contributed Rs 19.54 crore, or 10.32 per cent of the total, during this period while NRIs and PIOs donated Rs 3.76 crore. Contributions under the “individual” category totalled Rs 2.37 crore, or 1.25 per cent of the total.
According to RTI records, Rs 234.98 crore is available at present in the CGF.
The CGF was cleared by the Union Cabinet on September 24, 2014, and constituted in January 2015. It is managed by the National Mission for Clean Ganga under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
According to the CGF’s official website, the fund is “open to all — domestic as well as international (NRI & PIO)”. When the CGF was established, the Ministry had said that it would be set up “with voluntary contributions from residents of the country and NRIs/PIOs and others to harness their enthusiasm to contribute towards the conservation of the river Ganga.”