- The government has formed a new ‘Jal Shakti’ Ministry. It has been formed by merging the erstwhile Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Member of Parliament from Jodhpur, has been allocated the portfolio.
- The Jal Shakti Ministry will deal with issues ranging from international and inter-states water disputes, management of water resources, the Namami Gange project and the provision of clean drinking water.
- Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation was the apex body for formulation and administration of rules and regulations relating to the development and regulation of the water resources in India. It was the nodal ministry for the Namami Gange- the flagship initiative to clean the River Ganga
- The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation was the Nodal Ministry for the overall policy, planning, funding and coordination of two flagship programmes namely, the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) for rural drinking water supply and the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) [SBM (G)] for sanitation in rural India.
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