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QUESTION NO.1944 : Effective water management

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF  DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION

RAJYA SABHA QUESTION NO.1944  ANSWERED ON  20.03.2017

Effective water management

Shri K.T.S. Tulsi

Will the Minister of DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION be pleased to satate :-

(a) since right to clean drinking water is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the constitution, whether Government has framed any new policy or action plan for effective water management in view of the fact that during the next 15 years, India is expected to be left with only half the water it needs and how Government proposes to deal with the huge shortage; and

(b) if so, the details thereof and if not, by when will Government be able to frame such policy?

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MINISTER OF STATE FOR DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION

(SHRI RAMESH CHANDAPPA JIGAJINAGI)

(a)    & (b) The Mandate of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation (MDWS) is for providing safe drinking water supply to the rural population through State Governments. Effective water management is being done mainly by Ministry of Water Resource, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR) and MDWS is one of beneficiary of effective water management. There is a National Water Policy (2012) framed by MoWR, RD & GR which addresses this issue as well. The activities of water conservation and rejuvenation of water bodies & aquifers are being done by various departments of State Governments under the guidance of various Ministries through programmes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY), Repair, Renovation & Restoration (RRR) etc. In addition to this, under NRDWP (a Centrally Sponsored Scheme run by MDWS), there is a provision of sustainability component for taking up recharge structures for sustaining of the water sources and for this 10% of the programme fund is provided.

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