Pursuant to the Prime Minister’s meeting which decided to declare the River Ganga a national river a meeting chaired by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister today discussed the framework for the proposed Ganga River Basin Authority. The State Governments of basin states generally endorsed the key features of the draft notification for comprehensive planning for the river. The Ganga River Basin Authority is to be chaired by the Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers of the five Ganga Basin states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal as members. It will also have the Union Ministers of Environment and Forests, Finance, Urban Development, Water Resources, Power, Science and Technology and Dy. Chairman, Planning Commission as members.
Ganga basin Authority notification discussed
by , Press Information Bureau,GOI, 10 February, 2009
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today approved the notification for setting up the Ganga River Basin Authority for comprehensive management of the Ganga basin. The Notification would be issued with immediate effect. The framework for the proposed authority was finalized today after discussion at a meeting chaired by the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister with Chief Secretaries of the Ganga Basin states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand while West Bengal was represented by Principal Secretary, Department of Environment of West Bengal. The five states unanimously endorsed the proposal, based on which the Ministry of Environment and Forests will issue the notification under the Environment Protection Act. This Authority chaired by the Prime Minister will consist of Chief Ministers of the Ganga Basin states as members along with related ministers of the Government of India. The first meeting of the Authority to be chaired by the Prime Minister would be held at the earliest.
Ganga river basin authority notification
by , Press Information Bureau,GOI, 01 January, 1970
NWP 2002 published in April 2002, is the second edition of India’s NWP, the first one was in 1987 Being a policy statement, it does not have legal force. Its formulation did not involve necessary consultations. One does not see reflection of NWP while planning, decision making or implementing water resources development or management projects.
Provisions & Practices in Water Sector in India (Powerpoint Presentation)
by , Sandrp.in, 16 March, 2007
Climate Change is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the world today. There is little doubt that the responsibility of having created this specter that threatens our very survival, lies with the policies and practices of the countries of the Global North. It is also true that the western world, the UN and all the various multilateral agencies, including the UNFCCC have not managed to come up with anything more than feeble, cosmetic efforts in this direction. Given these circumstances, the western world has forfieted the right to lecture on this issue. At the same tiem, for a variety of reasons. India is more vulnerable to climate change impacts than the US the Europe or even China. Within India it is the rural and urban poor. Dalits and Adivasis, those who depend on access to natural resources for their fragile livelihoods that are the most vulnerable. This is the cruel irony of Climate Change: those who have contribured least towards causing it, will suffer the most because of it. More crucial still, they are the ones who have been entirely left out of the process of finding a solution.
There is Little Hope Here
by Himanshu Thakkar, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People, 01 February, 2009
Water is becoming a focal topic, linking food security, ecological sustainbility and socio-economic development. The rising demand for water leads to depletion of natural water resources as well as to increasing competition and conflict between various group of users.
Water and Democracy
by K Rama Rao, Evangelischer Entwicklungs Dienst, 24 February, 2007