A special unit will be deployed in Uttar Pradesh to help manage Kumbh Mela and keep the river clean.
About Ganga Task Force (GTF):
- It is a special volunteer force of ex – servicemen, trained by the Ministry of Defence to help with
crowd management, spread awareness on keeping the river clean and stop people and industry from polluting the river.
- The GTF is a unit of the Territorial Army deployed in the services of the Ganga with the approval of
Ministry of Defence for four years till December 2020.
- It consists of three companies of over 100 men each to be stationed at Kanpur, Allahabad and Varanasi, with the Battalion headquarters at Allahabad.
- The full strength would be 532, including 9 officers and 29 Junior Commanding Officers (JCOs).
- Their functions will include: Planting trees to check soil erosion, patrolling sensitive river areas for
biodiversity protection, patrolling Ghats, monitoring river pollution, and assisting during floods/natural calamity in the region.
- The jawans have also been trained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to measure the health of the river.
- The organization structure proposed for raising of four CETF Battalions (TA) for NMCG is based on the existing model of Ecological Task Force Battalions (TA). The details are as below:
- Criteria for Selection: Apart from the nucleus staff comprising of Regular & Territorial
Army personnel, recruitment is proposed to be carried out from the pension holders, and medical category SHAPE-1 Ex-servicemen (Regular Army and Territorial Army) only, on an all India basis.
- The terms and conditions: The terms and conditions of service of personnel recruited in
the proposed CETF Battalions (TA) will be governed by the provisions laid down in Territorial Army Act and Territorial Army Regulations 1948, (Revised 1976).
- Age Limit: There is no minimum age for recruitment. However, the Ex-servicemen would
serve upto maximum 55 years of age only.
- Remuneration: The remuneration of the personnel will be commensurate to the rank held
by the individuals and as applicable to Armed Forces personnel.
- Area of Functioning: The locations for proposed four CETF Battalions (TA) for NMCG, will
be earmarked by NMCG in consultation with Ministry of Defence and Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army),
About National Mission for Clean Ganga
- The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is the implementation wing of National Ganga Council which was set up in October 2016 under the River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Authorities order 2016. The order dissolved National Ganga River Basin Authority.
- The aim is to clean the Ganga and its tributaries in a comprehensive manner.
- Nitin Gadkari is the present Minister for Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India.