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Mihir Shah Committee to draft New National Water Policy

Mihir Shah Committee to draft New National Water Policy

  • The Union Water Resources Ministry has finalized a committee to draft a new National Water Policy (NWP). It will be chaired by Mihir Shah and he is a former Planning Commission member and a water expert.
  • There are 10 principal members in the committee, including Shashi Shekhar, a former Secretary of Water Resources, and A.B. Pandya, former chairman of the Central Ground Water Board.

National Water Policy (NWP)

  • The National Water Policy currently in force was drafted in 2012 and it is the third such policy since 1987.
  • The major policy innovations in the 2012 policy was the concept of an Integrated Water Resources Management approach that took the “river basin/ sub-basin” as a unit for planning, development and management of water resources.
  • It proposed that a portion of river flows ought to be kept aside to meet.

Responsibilities of the National Water Policy (NWP)

1.Irrigation reform

2. River rejuvenation

3. Aquifer mapping and participatory groundwater management

4. Water security

5. Urban and industrial water management

6. Water quality

7. Data management and transparency

8. Knowledge management and capacity building

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