The Central government is reportedly planning to bring an updated National Water Policy. The update in policy is to be introduced in the light of reforming the water regulatory framework and governance structure. The government is also planning to set up National Bureau of water use efficiency stated the Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Saturday.
India has witnessed several inter-state river water disputes cases. Interstate River Water Disputes Act, 1956 has not been able to resolve the conflicts and to some extent, has failed to be efficient. The Modi government has decided to come up with an updated National Water Policy with the objective of ‘Hydrological boundaries’ rather than the political one.
While speaking at the valedictory session of the 6th India Water Week-2019 Shekwat said, “Hydrological boundaries rather than administrative or political boundaries should become part of the water governance structure in the country.” He also added that the constitutional framework is the pre-conditional for consensus building amongst the state.
India faces severe drought like condition in some states while some states are blessed with a water surplus. Speaking on collaborative action towards water crisis, he stated, “Water surplus states like Chhattisgarh can gain by sharing the resource with the deficient ones.”
Minister also emphasised on revitalisation and rejuvenation of the traditional water bodies and resources through several age-old methods. The minister spoke of the need for a collection of data on water recourses. He also discussed disseminating of the data collected and modern water technologies across the state boundaries.
Several economists from around the world have drawn a close link between the economy and water. They believe that investing in water management is essential for sustainable economic growth and eradication of poverty. Speaking on better water management, the minister said, “Integrated Water Management is a tool for poverty reduction and sustainable economic development.”
Several parts of India face acute drought-like situation every year, while some places witness the destruction caused due to flooding every year. As water has no state, no boundaries, an updated policy which is formed with a right approach, framed beyond the politics of the borders is all India needs.