NITI Aayog to launch Composite Water Management Index

Jun 14, 2018 08:38 IST
NITI Aayog to launch Composite Water Management Index

NITI Aayog on June 13, 2018 announced to launch the Composite Water Management Index with an aim to achieve the objective of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.

Composite Water Management Index

• The Composite Water Management Index will be a useful tool to assess and improve the performance in efficient management of water resources.

• This index is an attempt to inspire States and UTs towards efficient and optimal utilisation of water and recycling, with a sense of urgency.

• The index can be utilised to formulate and implement suitable strategies for better management of water resources.

• The index will provide useful information for the States and also for the concerned Central Ministries, thus, enabling them to formulate and implement suitable strategies for better management of water resources.

What led NITI Aayog to launch the Index?

Recently, limitations on availability of water resources and rising demand for water, sustainable management of water resources have gained critical importance.

Taking note of all these factors, NITI Aayog finalised to launch the Composite Water Management Index after undertaking an elaborate exercise including seeking feedback from the States and consultation with reputed experts.

National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog

NITI Aayog was formed on 1st January 2015, which was a replacement of the Planning Commission. It serves as an advisory body or a “Think Tank” of the government of India to advice on social and economic issues.

Objectives of NITI Aayog

  • To evolve a shared vision of national development priorities, sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States in the light of national objectives.
  • To foster cooperative federalism through structured support initiatives and mechanisms with the States on a continuous basis, recognizing that strong States make a strong nation.                        
  • To develop mechanisms to formulate credible plans at the village level and aggregate these progressively at higher levels of government.
  • To ensure that the interests of national security are incorporated in economic strategy and policy.
  • To pay special attention to the sections of our society that may be at risk of not benefitting adequately from economic progress.
  • To design strategic and long term policy and programme frameworks and initiatives, and monitor their progress and their efficacy.         
  • To provide advice and encourage partnerships between key stakeholders and national and international like-minded Think Tanks, as well as educational and policy research institutions.
  • To focus on technology up gradation and capacity building for implementation of programmes and initiatives.

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