Salient features of the National Water Mission are-
|Objectives and Targets:|
Exploring new sources:
Institutional Mechanism and Planning:
One of the problems in case of India is the geographical distribution of precipitation and the fact that majority of it occurs in the monsoon season only. Therefore, effective storage and recharging of water becomes imperative. The utmost priority as highlighted in the National Water Policy is the supply of clean drinking water. Water being a state subject in India, effective co-ordination with states will also determine the success of water related programs. The mission seeks to establish an institutional setup to address the same allocating and identifying programs run by different ministries.
As of now, India lacks an aggressive water policy which must change and we need to realize and accept quickly that India’s water resources are finite, fast diminishing and need to be effectively managed and judiciously utilized. The success of many other ambitious Indian dreams rests on the shoulders of water security such as food security and indirectly economic security.
Reference and further reading-
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