New Delhi [India], October 4 (ANI): The Union Government has constituted a high-level committee for the proper management of the water resources in the North Eastern Region (NER) under the chairmanship of the vice-chairman of the Niti Aayog.
The committee has been constituted in the wake of the flood situation, which was reviewed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Guwahati in August this year.
The committee would facilitate optimising benefits of appropriate water management in the form of hydro-electric power, agriculture, biodiversity conservation, reduced flood damage erosion, inland water transport, forestry, fishery and eco-tourism. The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) will serve as the coordinating point. The committee will submit its report, including the Plan of Action, by June 2018.
During the review of the flood situation with the chief ministers of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, the Prime Minister had announced the constitution of a high-level committee for management of water resources in the NER.
The meeting noted that the optimum management of water resources is a cross-cutting task, which requires multi-sectoral interventions and concerted strategy, including the management of catchment areas in the upper reaches, involving the concerned Central Ministries and State Governments.
The Brahmaputra and Barak river systems, which account for one-third of India's runoff, are highly prone to floods.
The Brahmaputra is one of the largest river systems in the world and causes considerable distress and costs on the region through frequent flooding and erosion.
The terms of reference of the committee include:
ii) Identification of gaps in the existing mechanism/institutional arrangements for optimal management of water resources of the NER
iii) Suggest policy interventions required for optimally harnessing the water resources for accelerating development in the NER
iv) Spelling out of actionable measures required for optimising the management of water resources in the North-East
v) Chalking out a Plan of Action for the dovetailing of the schemes/programmes of concerned Union Ministries, their attached offices and autonomous bodies as well as the schemes of the respective North-Eastern State Governments
The committee includes secretaries from the ministries of Development of North Eastern Region, Department of Border Management, Department of Space, Power, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and National Disaster Management Authority and Chief Secretaries of all the 8 states in NER as Members.
The committee may co-opt or invite as special invitees secretaries of other ministries/departments as well as experts who have domain knowledge in the matter. (ANI)