Rajiv Kumar Committee (Water Management in NE)

The Government has constituted a high-level committee for proper management of water resources in North Eastern Region (NER). The Committee is tasked to facilitate optimising benefits of appropriate water management in form of agriculture, bio-diversity conservation, hydro-electric power, reduced flood damage erosion, inland water transport, forestry, fishery and eco-tourism.
Terms of reference of Committee:
  • It will appraise existing institutional arrangements (or mechanisms) for management of water resources of NER.
  • It will also identify of gaps in existing institutional arrangements for optimal management of water resources of NER.
  • It will suggest policy interventions required for optimally harnessing water resources for accelerating development in NER.
  • It will also spell out of actionable measures required for optimizing management of water resources in NER.
  • It will  chalk out a Plan of Action for dovetailing of schemes and programmes of concerned Union Ministries as well as schemes of respective North-Eastern State Governments.
Why this committee is formed?
  • The Brahmaputra (flows through Assam, Arunachal Pradesh) and Barak river (flows through Assam, Manipur and Mizoram) systems in NER which account for one-third of India’s run off are highly prone to floods.
  • Brahmaputra is one of largest river systems in world and causes considerable distress and costs on NER through frequent flooding and erosion.
  • During review of flood situation with Chief Ministers of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced constitution of High-Level Committee for holistic management of water resources in NER.
  • The meeting noted that optimum management of water resources is cross-cutting task which requires multi-sectoral interventions and concerted strategy, including management of catchment areas in upper reaches involving concerned Central Ministries and State Governments.

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