Highlights: NGT expresses displeasure, truck drivers on strike

By, Akshara Srivastava and Ashna Butani

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi got elected from Varanasi in 2014, his main promise was to start the Clean Ganga Mission. In 2017, three years after being elected, the mission approved ten projects worth Rs. 2000 crores for the cleanup without any clear action plan as reported by The Hindu Business Line.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday expressed displeasure over the lack of steps taken and highlights the disparity between information on paper and what is said, The Hindu reports.

Amidst a widespread cry over government’s repeated rhetoric of ‘Vikas’ and promises left unfulfilled, the Government and RBI yesterday released a new 100 rupee note as a part of the new Mahatma Gandhi series, said The Indian Express. The government along with RBI has released a series of new notes after demonetisation was announced on 8 November, 2016 when all existing notes of 500 and 1000 stopped being legal tender. New notes were issued as part of the series, bearing new motifs on rear sides.

Meanwhile, lorry operators affiliated to the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) go on an indefinite nationwide strike on Friday, 20 July, to fight against toll plazas on national highways. The absence of three lakh lorries have affected the transportation of food items and textiles. According to The Hindu, the operators are also asking for reduction of fuel prices, a uniform price across the nation and the removal of taxation at sources. No compromise was reached at during a discussion in between the operators and the Minister for Road Transport Highways Nitin Gadkari.