NITI Aayog to release Water Management Index 2.0

NITI Aayog to release Water Management Index 2.0

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New Delhi, Aug 22: To supplement the efforts of Jal Shakti Ministry, NITI Aayog has prepared the second Round of Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0), which will be released on Friday.

It will be launched by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar.
Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s impetus on Jal Sanchay, Jal Shakti Ministry on July 1 launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyaan, a campaign for water conservation and water security in 1,592 water-stressed blocks in 256 districts, to ensure important water conservation interventions.

The CWMI is an important tool to assess and improve the performance of States and Union Territories in efficient management of water resources. This has been done through a first of its kind water data collection exercise in partnership with Ministry of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Rural Development and all the States and Union Territories.
The index would provide useful information for the States and also for the concerned Central Ministries and Departments enabling them to formulate and implement suitable strategies for better management of water resources. CWMI 2.0 ranks various states for the reference year 2017-18 as against the base year 2016-17.

NITI Aayog first launched and conceptualised the Composite Water Management Index in 2018 as a tool to instill a sense of cooperative and competitive federalism among the states.

The report was widely acknowledged and provided actionable guidance to States on where they were doing well and what they needed to focus on to secure their water future, according to an official statement here on Thursday. (UNI)