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23/10/2018 1:12 PM IST | Updated 23/10/2018 1:12 PM IST

Clean Ganga Fund: Government Entities Contributed 86%, NRIs Only 2%, Says Report

The report, based on an RTI reply, shows that overseas Indians weren't too keen to contribute to the fund to clean the Ganga river.

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Students make a poster urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save the Ganga in Allahabad.

Of the total contributions received by the government's Clean Ganga Fund since 2015, over 86% was from government departments and other entities, the Indian Express reported on Tuesday.

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) contributed only 2%, said the report, which was based on records received by the Express in reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application.

Private organisations contributed Rs 19.54 crore, or 10.32% of the total sum, from March 2015 till 30 September 2018, while NRIs and PIOs donated Rs 3.76 crore in the same period.

Contributions to the Fund under the heading "individuals", presumably Indian citizens, totalled Rs 2.37 crore, or 1.25% of the entire amount. The remaining amount, which pushed the total figure to Rs 189.17 crore, was contributed by "government departments, government organisations, public sector undertakings", the report said.

The Clean Ganga Fund was formed by a cabinet decision in September 2014 for financing at least ten different kind of activities for cleaning the Ganga. Some of them are: a) Activities outlined under the 'Namami Gange' programme for cleaning of river Ganga, b) Control of non-point pollution from agricultural runoff, human defecation, cattle wallowing, etc and c) Setting up of waste treatment and disposal plants along the river around the cities.

The Indian Express report, quoting the Fund's website, said it was set up by the government 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".

Read the full report from The Indian Expresshere.