NEW DELHI: Due to rapid growth in population and urbanization, the demand of water in the country has increased significantly, creating a water stress situation. Therefore, Government of India has undertaken review of National Water Policy to ensure sustainable and equitable development.
National Water Policy was first formulated in 1987, which was subsequently reviewed and a revised National Water Policy was adopted by National Water Resources Council in the year 2002. In pursuance, the State Governments have been asked to formulate State Water Policies in line with the provisions of National Water Policy, backed with an operational action plan in a time bound manner. Central Government provides technical and financial assistance to the State Governments with a view to encourage sustainable development and efficient management of water resources through various schemes and programmes.
The Minister of State in the Ministry Of Water Resources and Minority Affairs Shri Vincent H. Pala gave this information in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.