Centre asks Bihar, UP to prevent dumping of bodies in Ganga, ensure dignified cremation

After corpses were seen floating in rivers amid the devastating second wave of Covid-19, the central authorities on Sunday directed Uttar Pradesh and Bihar state governments to prevent dumping of bodies in the Ganga and its tributaries.

During a evaluate assembly on May 15-16, the union Jal Shakti Ministry stated, “Namami Gange [mission] directs states to prevent dumping of dead bodies in the Ganga and to focus on their safe disposal and providing support for ensuring dignified cremation.”

The Centre said that dumping of partially burnt or decomposed corpses in the Ganga and its tributaries is “most undesirable and alarming”.

Water high quality

While the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has been given the duty of general monitoring and safety of water high quality in addition to superior evaluation of the matter, the state air pollution management boards have been requested to monitor the water high quality steadily in session with well being departments.

Earlier, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) Director General Rajiv Rajan Mishra had issued an advisory to the district magistrates (DMs) on May 11. The DMs function the chairpersons of the district Ganga committees.

The subsequent day, a letter was despatched to the chief secretaries to prevent dumping of bodies in the river and to ensure enforcement of authorities pointers on the cremation of Covid-19 victims. States have been additionally suggested to present monetary help and regulate the charges for cremations and burials.

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At the May 15 assembly, the Jal Shakti Ministry referred to as for fast motion and pressured the significance of giving equal consideration to the matter in each city and rural areas alongside rivers.

The ministry’s secretary Pankaj Kumar stated, “After knowing the progress from the states, the CWC (Central Water Commission), CPCB and the state pollution control boards will give their feedback and action plans.”

The state of affairs in districts together with Unnao, Kanpur Rural, Ghazipur and Ballia in Uttar Pradesh and Buxar and Saran in Bihar is being monitored by the Centre. However, instances have been reported in different districts too. The state wings of Mission for Clean Ganga have been requested to regulate the identical.

Providing assist for cremations

The state missions have been additionally informed to take proactive motion in supporting households to cremate bodies.

“If needed, the project directors can assess and give support to the district Ganga committees for this out of the NMCG funds available with them, while keeping the NMCG informed,” NMCG director basic Mishra stated.

Debashree Mukherjee, further secretary in the Jal Shakti Ministry, additionally identified that there’s the necessity for an pressing evaluation of dangers to riverside communities. Additionally, consciousness wants to be raised on the dos and don’ts relating to use of river water.

Uttar Pradesh

The representatives of Uttar Pradesh stated all DMs have been alerted and patrolling is underway to prevent dumping of bodies in the river. They additionally knowledgeable that 13 crematoria in addition to the prevailing ones have been made out there.

Orders have been issued to present monetary assist for cremations in each the city and rural areas in Uttar Pradesh. In rural areas, monetary support of Rs 5,000 is being given.


In Bihar, it has been determined that cremation and burial bills of these misplaced to Covid-19 will likely be borne by the state authorities. Families whose family members died due to comparable signs however with out a Covid-positive check report will even be provided the identical assist.

Patrolling is underway, particularly in districts like Buxar and Saran.

(With inputs from PTI)

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