New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday (May 13) issued notices to the Centre and the government of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar over the floating dead bodies in the River Ganga. The notices have been issued against the chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and the secretary of the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti (Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation).
The NHRC said, “The practice of disposal of dead bodies in our sacred river Ganga is clearly in violation of guidelines of the National Mission for Clean Ganga project of the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation”.
It said the the respective state governments and the union ministry have failed to take concrete measures to create awareness among the people to not dump un-cremated bodies in the holy river.
The River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Authorities Order which was passed in 2016 clearly states that “No person shall do any act or carry on any project or process or activity which has the effect of causing pollution in the river Ganga”.
It also added that if the bodies were COVID-19 infected then they pose a serious challenge to the well being of the health of the river and of those people who live on its banks. The NHRC said that even if the bodies were not COVID-19 infected, the practise of dumping dead bodies in the river should be a shameful incident for a society which stands on the pillars of human rights.
The officials in the two states are yet to confirm if the bodies iin the river were COVID-19 infected.