The Ministry of Water Resources lays down policies and programmes for development and regulation of the country's water resources. It covers sectoral planning, coordination, policy guidelines, technical examination and techno-economic appraisal of projects, providing central assistance to specific projects, facilitation of external assistance and assistance in the resolution of inter-state water disputes, policy formulation, planning and guidance in respect of minor irrigation, command area development and development of ground water resources, etc.
The National Water Policy, 2002 lays emphasis on the integrated water resources development and management for optimal and sustainable utilization of the available surface and groundwater; creation of well-developed information system; water conservation and demand management; quantity and quality aspects as well as environmental considerations; involvement of beneficiaries and stakeholders in the project planning and participatory approach in water resources management; adequate training and research; resettlement & rehabilitation aspects of project affected persons. The Policy also encourage Private Sector Participation in placing development and management of water resources project for diverse uses, wherever feasible with a view to introducing innovative ides generating financial resources and introducing corporate management and improving service efficiency and accountability to users.
Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 17-02-2011