National River Conservation Directorate
The National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD), functioning under the Ministry of Environment and Forests is engaged in implementing the River and Lake Action Plans under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) and National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP) by providing financial assistance to the State Governments.
National Ganga River Basin Authority
The Central Government has given Ganga the status of a ‘National River’ and has constituted a ‘National Ganga River Basin Authority’ (NGRBA) on February 20, 2009. The NGRBA has been set up as an empowered planning, financing, monitoring and coordinating authority for the conservation of Ganga River with a holistic approach under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
The Authority is chaired by the Prime Minister and has as its members, the Chief Ministers of the States through which Ganga flows, viz., Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.