Minister's Corner


My Ministry is taking a number of steps for arsenic/fluoride mitigation in ground water.  Pollution in Ground water is cause of major concern.  This also affects health and food chain.  My Ministry is fully committed for making ground water pollution free.

Ministry of Water Resources, RD & GR had constituted an Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) for looking into issues of arsenic mitigation.  IMG has recommended that Arsenic Mitigation and its related tasks’ should be taken on a ‘Mission Mode’ emphasizing specific defined goals under the supervision of a “National Arsenic Task Force (NATF)”  which could be a permanent mechanism of coordination on Arsenic related matters amongst the central Ministries and with State Governments and other institutes.

The IMG report has been circulated to all concerned states departments and related central ministries.

The Central Ground Water Board, an organisation under my Ministry has taken up aquifer mapping on priority in parts of two arsenic affected districts of UP IN Balia and Gazipur.  The Board has taken a number of initiatives for providing arsenic free potable water in a State of UP, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, West Bengal, Assam and Jharkhand.  Today, the 22nd March is international water day.  The day signifies more responsibility for my ministry. 


Government of India is also fully committed for water security through implementation of Interlinking of Rivers Project. Interlinking of River (ILR) programme under National Perspective Plan (NPP) has been taken up on a high Priority. 

My Ministry has identified four priority links for preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) have been identified viz; Ken-Betwa link phase –I & II, Damanganga-Pinjal Link, Par-Tapi-Narmada link and Mahanadi-Godavari link. Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Ken – Betwa Link Project is already completed and its various statutory clearances are in the advance stages. The Government is planning to start implementing this National Project as model link project of ILR programme. Ken – Betwa Link will provide irrigation to an area about 7.00 lakh ha annually in drought prone Bundelkhand region covering in the Chhattarpur, Tikamgarh, Panna & Shivpuri districts of Madhya Pradesh and Mahoba, Banda & Jhansi districts of Uttar Pradesh.The DPR of Damanganga-Pinjal link Project, which will provide water supply to the Mumbai City, has been completed in March, 2014 and submitted to Govt. of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The DPR of Par-Tapi-Narmada link project has also been completed in August, 2015 which will benefit drought prone areas of Kutch and Saurashtra of Gujarat.        

A Special Committee on ILR has been constituted under the Chairpersonship of the Minister (WR, RD & GR) for facilitating the ILR programme. A high level Task Force and four sub committees have been constituted by the Special Committee to look at various aspects of ILR. As a result of these efforts there has been significant progress on the Ken-Betwa Project. MP State Wildlife Board has since given its clearance to the project and recommended it to MoEF & CC.


One of the important aspects of my Ministry is programme on Ganga Rejuvenation.  Union Budget 2014-15 has taken cognizance of the substantial amount of money spent in the conservation and improvement of the river Ganga, which has a very special place in a collective consciousness of this country.  It was recognized that in the past efforts have not yielded desired results due to the lack of concerted efforts by all the stakeholders. In view of this an Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission called “Namami Gange” has been launched with a total program cost of Rs. 20000 Crores and under this new initiative Rs 2100 Crores have been set aside for the year 2015-16.

For improved inter-ministerial, Centre-State coordination and effective implementation, a three tier monitoring mechanism, has been created by establishing High Level Task Force (HLTF) chaired by Cabinet Secretary, a State level committee chaired by Chief Secretary; and, a District level committee chaired by District Magistrate. 200 Ganga Gram has been identified. Recognizing the multi-sectoral, multi-dimensional and multi-stakeholder nature of the challenge of clean Ganga Mission the key Ministries comprising of (a) WR, RD&GR, (b) Environment, Forests & Climate Change, (c) Shipping, (d) Tourism, (e) Urban Development, (f) Drinking Water and Sanitation and Rural Development have been involved in the preparation of action plan implementation. The program envisages creating 100% sanitation infrastructure for 118 priority towns and 1657 Gram Panchayats located along the Ganga.

In order to address the issues that acted as road blocks for all previous efforts to clean river Ganga, a proposal for creating and putting in place an institutional mechanism and financial model for execution of infrastructure projects under Namani Gange Programme on Hybrid Annuity based Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and setting up a Centrally owned Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)  has been recently approved by the Cabinet.

I visited Garh Mukteshwar and Anoopshahar on 4-5 January to create awareness among local people. Painting competition with 250-300 children were organised at the bank of Ganga. 


We have launched Jal Kranti Abhiyan during this year in order to consolidate water conservation and management efforts in the country. I want to make water conservation as a mass movement. An important component of Jal Kranti Abhiyan is Jal Gram Yojana. Under this, two villages in each district (preferably in over exploited groundwater blocks) are to be selected and a comprehensive water security plan to be formulated to achieve water security for these villages in one to two years.  The funding for the works is proposed convergence from existing centrally sponsored schemes, for example MGNREGA, PMKSY, IWMP.

The objectives of Jal Kranti Abhiyan  can be listed as:

Strengthening grass root involvement of all stakeholders including Panchayati Raj Institutions and local bodies in the water security and development schemes (e.g. Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM); It also aims to encourage the adoption/utilization of traditional knowledge in water resources conservation and its management;

I feel that through awareness on water conservation, livelihood security can be enhanced through water security in rural areas.

 It is proposed to issue “Sujal Cards” which will provide information on crop specific water requirement, water quality, total quantity of exploitable ground water in a given area. It will be operationalise through Water User Associations.  I plan to bring out Mobile App on this very soon.

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchan Yojana (PMKSY) has been launched by Government of India converging all the schemes running in various Ministries to create and upgrade the facilities to provide irrigation water to all fields in efficient manner. The main objectives of the scheme are to achieve convergence of investments in irrigation at the field level, enhance the physical access of water on the farm and expand cultivable area under assured irrigation for providing ‘Har Khet Ko Pani’. It is based on District Irrigation Plan and State Irrigation Plan to be prepared by respective State Governments for providing water to each irrigation field and More Crop Per Drop. The scheme has been formulated for the year 2015-16 to 2019-20 with a combined outlay of central share as Rs 50000 crore.

My Ministry has prioritized 46 projects targeted to be completed by providing adequate funds to these projects.

Out of these 46 projects, 23 priority projects has been shortlisted for completing by March 2017 alongwith their command area development and water management projects.  The efforts will be made to convert remaining areas of distribution network through piped system and remaining command area through micro irrigation wherever feasible.  Looking at the importance of the development and utilization of irrigation potential adequate funds of Rs.2800 crore has been provided to MoWR, RD & GR beyond already allocated funds under PMKSY.

For overall socio economic development of these areas, the 23 projects will be taken up in mission mode with active participation of States for holistic development, crop diversification, water use efficiency, capacity building of water user associations, active participation of water user associations in maintaining the assets created for distribution networks.  The regional offices of MoWR will take active part in achieving the above targets and appropriate capacity building of these officials of regional offices will be undertaken in a big way.

In the second phase, alongwith these 23 projects, remaining 23 projects are also being taken up for completion in the similar manner.  These projects will have to complete the command area through micro irrigation wherever feasible alongwith CAD&WM.  On completion of these two activities only the project will be treated as complete.  As the fund requirement is large, innovative funding pattern is being considered the loan component of which will be borne by State Governments and budgetary support to both MoWR, RD & GR alongwith State Government will be utilized for achieving the above target.  For these projects also extensive monitoring will be carried out through regional offices of MoWR.








Last Updated on:22/03/2016
Last Updated By :NIC