Unhappy over the situation that National Ganga River Basin Authority has not even met for single time since April 17, 2012; three expert members in the authority namely Rajendra Singh, Ravi Chopra and Rashid Siddiqui have resigned from their positions on September 20.
The three members were distressed that even the last meeting on April 17, 2012 took place after a gap of nearly 18 months and that too at the insistence of some of the expert members.
In the meantime Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand, former scientist-turned-enviromentalist Dr. G.D. Agrawal who has been on fast since last 100 days and has entered into 101st day today, has announced that he would not drink water from today in an attempt to draw the government's attention to the plight of national river Ganga. But so far the government has not paid any attention to him.
Under these circumstances the above mentioned members feel compelled to resign from an ineffective NGRBA and to continue their efforts outside it to protect the National River Ganga.
The Uttarakhand 2013 disaster confirmed that many of the fears expressed by the members about the mismanagement of National River Ganga were valid. It has raised several questions about the way rivers are abused in India.
Soon after the disaster, the members have raised this matter with the government and sought a brief meeting with PM to discuss the issue and seek an early meeting of the Authority. But that never happened.