Water Governance – Centre State Cooperation

A slew of bills on water await Parliament’s approval. Two of them, passed by the Lok Sabha, were listed for clearing by Rajya Sabha in the monsoon session — The Interstate River Water Disputes Amendment Bill 2019 and the Dam Safety Bill 2019.

A common issue that the bills confront is with respect to the ways in which the Centre can work with the states to deal with the emerging challenges of inter-state water governance. The latest centrally sponsored scheme (CSS), Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), too is pumping massive finances into achieving universal access to safe and secure drinking water in rural areas — otherwise a domain of the states.

JJM presents an opportunity to get states on board for a dialogue towards stronger Centre-states coordination and federal water governance ecosystem.

Interstate River Water Disputes Amendment Bill 2019:

Dam Safety Bill 2019:

Future challenges & need for federal cooperation:


Jal Jeevan Mission – connecting bridge:

Source: ” Indian Express ”.