New Delhi, October 5: A high-level committee has been constituted for proper management of the water resources in the North Eastern Region. This committee has constituted under the Chairmanship of Vice-Chairman, Niti Aayog. This committee would help in optimizing the benefits of appropriate water management in the form of hydro-electric power, agriculture, biodiversity conservation, reduced flood damage erosion, inland water transport, forestry, fishery and eco-tourism.
This decision was taken while reviewing the flood situation with the Chief Ministers of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. The meeting noted that the optimum management of water resources is a cross-cutting task which requires multi-sectoral interventions and concerted strategy, including management of catchment areas in upper reaches involving concerned Central Ministries and State Governments.
The Brahmaputra and Barak river systems which account for one-third of India are run off are highly prone to floods. The Committee includes Secretaries from the Ministries of Development of North Eastern Region, Department of Border Management, Department of Space, Power, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and National Disaster Management Authority and Chief Secretaries of all the 8 states in NER as Members.
The terms of reference of the Committee include:
i) Appraisal of existing mechanism/institutional arrangements for management of water resources of the North Eastern Region.
ii) Identification of gaps in the existing mechanism/institutional arrangements for optimal management of water resources of the NER.
iii) Suggest policy interventions required for optimally harnessing the water resources for accelerating development in the NER
iv) Spelling out of actionable measures required for optimizing the management of water resources in the North-East.
v) Chalking out a Plan of Action for the dovetailing of the schemes/programmes of concerned Union Ministries, their attached offices and autonomous bodies as well as the schemes of the respective North-Eastern State Governments.