Review of State Water Policy
The Govt. of India has adopted "National Water Policy" in 1987 under the aegies of "National Water Resources Council" as accepted by the States and Union Territories. The "State Water Policy", while recognising the water resource as a state subject under the constitution and addressing to its specific requirements, needs to be in consonance with the general guidelines and parameters laid down in the "National Water Policy". The planning of this limited resource has to be guided by development perceptions of the state which would inter-alia account for geographical conditions, hydrological status (surface and ground water), water allocation priorities and other specific needs. Hence, the need for a "State Water Policy".