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Saving the River Dolphin

The Government of India has declared the river dolphin as the National Aquatic Animal.

Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh said that "by doing this the government was not only ensuring the survival of the species, which are endemic to the Ganga, but also sought to cleanse the river".

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who moved this proposal, has instructed the state authorities to halt dolphin hunting in the Ganga.

He has said that the presence of river dolphin signified a healthy aquatic life in rivers. There are less than 2000 dolphins left in Indian rivers- mainly in the Ganga- and the river dolphin is categorised as an endangered species.

Only time will tell, whether the Ganga can be successfully cleansed, and the river dolphin saved from extinction.


Vinod_Sharma said...

After spending hundreds of crores of rupees to clean the Ganga, the government finds it is dirtier than before. Now a plan to spend a few thousand crores is being drawn up. One can only hope that this time the Ganga does become as clean as it used to be.

Smitha said...

I wonder if Ganga will ever become clean. Assuming that the govt works diligently on cleaning it - isn't it also getting constantly polluted by people?

BK Chowla, said...

Till our top is corrupt,Ganga can never be cleaned.This is one single exercise in books,which has been sanctioned crores of Rs and there is no visible sign of any effort to clean Ganga.I don't know when did you visit last but it shamefully dirty.
It is a project on paper,so is cleaning.

manju said...

So there does not seem to be any hope of saving the river dolphin!

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