Centre has created a new ‘Jal Shakti’ Ministry, in which the erstwhile ministries of Water Resources,River Development, Ganga Rejuvenation and Drinking Water and Sanitation will be merged.
The Jal Ministry has been formed with Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at its helm while Rattan Lal Kataria will be the Minister of State in the newly formed ministry.
This move will bring all aspects of water management and regulation under one department.
During the election campaign, Modi had promised to form an integrated ministry dealing with water issues, the ‘Nal se Jal’ scheme to provide piped drinking water to every household.
The ambit of the Ministry will address issues ranging from international and inter-states water disputes and the Namami Gange project which is the flagship initiative to clean the Ganges, its tributaries and sub-tributaries and provide clean drinking water to every household in India by 2024.
In the first Modi government(2014-2019)the project to clean the Ganga was moved from the Ministry of Environment and Forests to the Ministry of Water Resources. Later, with a greater push and much larger monetary allocation, the Namami Gange project was launched in June 2014.During the 17th Lok Sabha election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to create an integrated ministry to deal with water related isuues.