National Level

National Polices and Laws

This section examines developments in water policy, law, regulation, institutions and implementation at the national level and related issues.

Reports and articles in this theme


Changing Perspectives – Water Resources in India

3rd Annual Lecture in Commemoration of Professor Prakash Gole’s Work.
Delivered by Shripad Dharmadhikary.
On 3 December 2016, at Pune.
Organised by Ecological Society, Pune and IIT Bombay Alumni Association, Pune Chapter.

Full text of the talk available  here. The video recording will also be put up shortly.

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Creating National Water Commissionrabo-dam

A recent report suggests merging the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) into a new organisation to be called the National Water Commission. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published on 30 Sept 2016.

Read full article here.

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Comments on the Report of the Committee to Restructure CWC and CGWB

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation had set up, in Sept 2015,  a committee to suggests ways of restructuring the two most important organisations of the Ministry, namely the Central Water Commission  and the Central Groundwater Board. The Report of the Committee, released in August 16, has recommended  extensive restructuring including the setting up of a new National Water Commission. Given here are Manthan’s comments on the reports.  Manthan was also a member of one of the sub-committees constituted by the Committee for providing inputs to it.

Submission, sent to Chairperson of the Committee on 17 Sept 2016

Read full submission here.

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The right to water for lifeTeesta_River_in_W_Bengal_DSC07418

On 26th May 2016, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR) put out the Draft National Water Framework Bill, inviting public comments. The bill represents an important and progressive step forward despite some shortcomings and challenges involved in its implementation. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, Published on 12 July 2016.

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Defining, celebrating and protecting our riversIRW_-_1

India Rivers Week held in November 2014 was a first-of-its-kind gathering in New Delhi, which celebrated rivers and those trying to protect them, while charting out a road map to mitigate the threats they confront. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 3 Dec 2014.

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 Preparing the framework for a new Ganga vision

A Consortium of 7 IITs is working on a plan that will form the basis for the long-term vision for the government’s much-talked about Ganga rejuvenation programme. Shripad Dharmadhikary reviews an initial summary released by the Consortium as the framework within which the final plan will be drawn up. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, Published 9 Oct 2014.

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Presentation5148938660 on Interlinking of Rivers

This presentation was made at meeting of the India Water Portal at Bangalore on 17th July 2014

Presentation, made on 17 July 2014.

Access presentation here.

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Why large dams aren’t a water solution for the future

The uncertainty of the nature and extent of climate change impact on the water sector calls for adaptive and flexible measures to effectively combat and address the issues likely to arise in the future. Shripad Dharmadhikary quotes from a recent report of an IPCC Working Group to establish the fact. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together

Article published on 5 Dec 2014.

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 Comparing and contrasting the two drafts of the National Water Framework Law

This note compares the two drafts of the National Water Framework Law. Apart from comparison, it also makes a few general overall observations. The two drafts are the one prepared by the working group set up by the Planning Commission, headed by Prof. Ramaswamy Iyer (Iyer draft) and the one prepared by the committee set up by the MoWR headed by Dr. Y.K. Alagh (Alagh draft). Note prepared by Shripad Dharmadhikary in June 2013.

Read full note here.

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National Water Law needed, but not this!

Legislation to regulate and administer the country’s water sector is a crying need, but the Draft National Water Framework Law recently submitted by the Alagh Committee is a disappointment. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 30 June 2013.

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In support of a paradigm shift in water

A recent report by the UNICEF highlights the most critical issues faced by the Indian water sector today, urging the establishment to break new ground in resource management and utilization. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 22 March 2013.

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Better, but needs more work

The latest draft of the Water Policy is a clear improvement over the previous one, and appears to have taken on board many of the objections to earlier provisions. Still, much more should be done. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published on 25 July 2012.

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