Cabinet nod for National Water Mission charter

Government today approved a comprehensive charter for the National Water Mission.

Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 20:57 PM IST

New Delhi: Stepping up efforts to conserve water, Government today approved a comprehensive charter for the National Water Mission, which is part of its ambitious National Action Plan for Climate Change.
A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved the comprehensive mission document of the National Water Mission.

"The objective of National Water Mission is conservation of water, minimizing wastage and ensuring its equitable distribution both across and within the states through integrated water resources development and management," an official release said.

The mission document was drafted by the ministry of water resources in consultation with state governments, central ministries, non-governmental organisations and academicians, it said.

The five goals identified for the Mission include setting up of a comprehensive water database in public domain and assessment of the impact of climate change on water resources, promotion of citizen and state actions for water conservation, focused attention to vulnerable areas, increasing water use efficiency by 20 per cent, and promotion of basin level integrated water resources management.

A two-tier setup has been proposed -- one at central level and the other at state level -- for framing the policies and guidelines for implementation of the Mission, the release said.

An apex board will be set up at the central level with the Minister of Water Resources as its Chairman while at the state level, a monitoring committee headed by the Principal Secretary or Secretary will be constituted.

A very compact mission secretariat under a Mission Director, to be supported by Adviser (Technical) and Adviser (Coordination and Monitoring), is envisaged under the mission.

The technical support to the secretariat will be provided by the Central Water Commission, Central Ground Water Board, Brahmaputra Board and National Institute of Hydrology.