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With an aim to check compliance with Narendra Modi’s mission to clean river Ganga, Indian is thinking of setting up efficiency ratings at all establishments near the holy river.

According to officials, a ‘Nirmal Ganga Rating’ is in the works to assess industrial units, municipalities, gram panchayats and even ashrams on a scale of one to three, much like the Bureau of Energy Efficiency’s star rating for electrical appliances.

The first of its kind river friendly rating scale will be entirely voluntary for private entities that may be discharging waste into the Ganga.

However, plans are in the making to link release of funds for municipalities and gram panchayats according to the rating notched up by them on the proposed scale.

Here is what the proposal states:

  • A single star will be awarded to establishments that desist from directly contributing to the pollution in the Ganga
  • Two stars will be accorded to establishments that recycle their waste water
  • Three stars will go to those establishments that go a step further, take up advocacy for cleaning the Ganga and expand their influence and assistance in and around their vicinity.

“The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is working on this three-tier rating system for all industries including the tanneries along the Ganga, tourism and hospitality related infrastructure like hotels, facilities manufacturing consumer products and all commercial establishments that may be discharging any kind of waste into the river,” a senior official told ET.

An agency has already been asked to develop guidelines for the rating, on which public views will also be invited and taken into consideration by the NMCG.

The green ratings will be extended to all ashrams, religious institutions, large residential complexes and educational institutions.

“The government wants to protect the river as well as take all stakeholders along. It wants to make it desirable for all establishments to be Ganga friendly but without any coercion”, source said.

A senior official also said that the government is thinking of linking financial incentives to industry and bodies that acquire new technology to treat waste before discharge into the river.

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The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh.

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India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.

Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.

The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.

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“Some unholy people have handed guns to children who should have pens in their hands,” Modi told a rally in the state on Friday, referring to the rag-tag guerrillas battling government forces from forest hideouts. “They’ve finished the lives of our tribal children.”

Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.

Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”

The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.

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The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.

A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.

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Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.

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The destruction of a mosque on the site by a Hindu mob in 1992 sparked deadly riots across the country. (VOA)