Ganga Praharis initiative

Ganga Praharis initiative

News: Ganga Praharis are around 4000 volunteers who are part of the task force called “Guardians of the Ganga.”

 Ganga Praharis are motivated and trained volunteers from among the local communities working for biodiversity conservation and cleanliness of the Ganga River with the ultimate objectives of restoring the Nirmal and Aviral Dhara.
 These volunteers have been constituted by the National Mission for Clean Ganga and the Wildlife Institute of India (NMCG-WII) under the Namami Gange programme.
 The purpose of the initiative is to establish a motivated cadre of “Ganga Prahari” to support the local level institutions, monitor the river, reporting instances of poachiig.

Who is eligible to become a Ganga Prahari?
 Ganga Praharis have been identified through a series of site level consultative meetings and workshops held in villages located on the bank of the Ganga River and its select tributaries.
 The primary criterion for identification is their passion and zeal to serve the river and to maintain its integrity in terms of cleanliness and biodiversity value.
 These ‘Praharis’ have to be above 18 years of age on the date of joining the project and preferably from the riverside villages. Children below 18 years of age are enrolled under the Bal Ganga Praharis programme. 

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