Lucknow: After hundreds of bodies were found floating in the river Ganga or were found buried in the sand along the rivers, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday directed the district magistrates to ensure that Rs 5,000 being given by the government is used for the last rites of unclaimed bodies or of those from poor families. He further added that nobody should be allowed to dump dead bodies in the river. To educate people on the issue, dialogue should be initiated with religious leaders and people should be sensitised on the same. The government is also increasing patrolling along the river,” he said.
Chief secretary RK Tiwari also issued directions to all DMs, commissioners and senior police officials asking them to ensure that no bodies were disposed-off in the rivers. He said the bodies found in the river till now could be infected with coronavirus and it would not just pollute the rivers but could also lead to a health crisis.
Taking a serious note of dead bodies found floating in rivers in – Varanasi, Ghazipur, Ballia, Unnao and Chandauli districts – the CM had on Friday directed the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) and PAC to stop people from dumping bodies in rivers. UP government had also directed to fine such people who were found indulging in the practice.
CM Yogi also asked gram pradhans and village development officers in rural areas, and nagar nigam and corporators in urban areas to form committees to reach out to people residing close to rivers and sensitise them on the issue.
“Those who are losing lives deserve dignity in death and the government has allocated funds for their last rites. Bodies of those who die unattended or not given a decent cremation should not be dumped in rivers. Their last rites must be performed according to their religious beliefs,” Yogi said.b Dumping of bodies and animal carcasses in water bodies causes pollution. The state and central government are striving for cleanliness of rivers. Therefore, all departments like home, urban development, rural development, environment and panchayati raj should formulate a policy to stop disposal of bodies in rivers,” he added.