Committee to revise National Water Policy & Jal Shakti Abhiyan as challenges emerge: Water Min

New Delhi: The Minister of State for Jal Shakti (Water Resources) Rattan Lal Kataria said yesterday that many significant challenges have emerged in the water sector which require to be addressed through appropriate revision of the National Water Policy. In order to meet the present challenges in water sector, revision of National Water Policy 2012 has been envisaged by the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, and a drafting committee has been constituted on 5 November to revise the National Water Policy. The revision of National Water Policy requires wider consultation with various stakeholders including State Governments.

A meeting of the State Ministers in-charge of Water Resources, Water Supply and Sanitation was held on 11 June in New Delhi to review the steps taken by various States on water conservation and the implementation of action plans to deal with the water supply situation, plan for water harvesting and conservation in convergence with other programs. State Governments were requested to complete water conservation measures for large-scale rain water harvesting.

The Government of India has launched Jal Shakti Abhiyan (JSA), a water conservation campaign, which is being implemented in 256 water-stressed districts of the country. Phase I was implemented from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 across the country, and Phase II is being implemented from 1 October to 30 November in the Southern States which receive retreating monsoon.

During the campaign, officers, groundwater experts, and scientists from the Government of India have worked with State and District officials in these districts to promote water conservation and water resource management by focusing on accelerated implementation of 5 target interventions, viz. water conservation & rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies and tanks, reuse and recharge of bore wells, watershed development, and intensive afforestation.

With this campaign, huge awareness has been generated and various stakeholders, viz. government departments, agencies, NGOs, officials, Panchayats, individuals, etc. have started taking steps for water conservation.

This information was given in a written reply by the Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Social Justice & Empowerment, Rattan Lal Kataria, in Lok Sabha on 28 November.

Indus Dictum reported earlier that Union Minister Jitendra Singh will inaugurate tomorrow a two-day Conference in Jammu which focuses on Jal Shakti (water resources) and Disaster Management.

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