Is Uma Bharati out of favor with the PMO? A proposal to elevate the National Mission on Clean Ganga to the status of an ‘authority’ is being seen as the PMO’s ways of showing a lack of confidence in the Water Resources Minister. The NMCG is an integral part of the ministry. If it is raised to the level of an ‘authority’ and given consequential financial powers, it may dilute the control of the ministry. Since this proposal on turning the NMCG into an authority has been made directly by the PMO, it has triggered speculation whether the PM is not happy with yesteryears’ firebrand leader.