Crafting a Paradigm Shift in Water
This paper describes a key episode in India’s attempt at a paradigm shift in water. The 12th Five-Year Plan adopted a unique process designed to fundamentally alter the principles, approach and strategies of water management in India. This paradigm shift was the outcome of a new and inclusive process of plan formulation, which saw the coming together of practitioners and professionals from government, academia, industry and civil society to draft the 12th Plan proposals on water. This paper ends with an update on developments since the 12th Plan.
Keywords12th Five-Year Plan Paradigm Shift in Water Management Participatory Aquifer Management National Water Framework Law
The author is grateful to the members of the Working Groups on Water in the 12th Plan, the members of the Committee on Restructuring CWC and CGWB and of the Committee to draft the Model Groundwater Bill and the National Water Framework Law, the members and officers of the Planning Commission and the Ministry of Water Resources, all of whom greatly contributed to enhancing my understanding of the water sector in India.
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