13 May 2012

Surface water irrigation projects in India have indicated water use efficiency of about 35-40% as compared to 50-60% in developed countries.

The studies carried out for surface water irrigation projects in India have indicated water use efficiency of about 35-40% as compared to 50-60% in developed countries. The Government has advised State Governments, interalia, to enact laws to regulate extraction of groundwater, to setup Water Regulatory Authorities for appropriate pricing and allocation of water, to set up Water Users Associations and to encourage recharge of ground water. 

Revised Draft National Water Policy (2012) inter-alia states that National Water Board shall prepare a plan of action based on the National Water Policy, as approved by the National Water Resources Council, and to regularly monitor its implementation. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Water Resources & Minority Affairs Shri Vincent H. Pala in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

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