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National Water Policy: An Alternative Draft for Consideration

The Ministry of Water Resources is at present engaged in revising the National Water Policy 2002. Instead of trying to make changes in the 2002 Policy, the ministry should put it aside and draft a new policy, starting from first principles. In that context, the draft presented here is an attempt to formulate the kind of document that could be drawn up. It seeks to set forth for consideration a broad national perspective on the nature of water and on its prudent, wise, sustainable, equitable and harmonious use.

This is one persons draft, but it has beneted greatly from consultations with and notes from a number of friends. Their names are mentioned in the Appendix. Some of their ideas gure in the draft, but they may not agree with all the statements in the document. Agreements and disagreements with the draft will of course vary from member to member of the consultative group. My son Mahadevan Ramaswamy has been of immense assistance in the preparation of this draft. Several paragraphs bear evidence of his contributions. I am grateful to the Centre for Policy Research for hosting the meeting of the consultative group on 9 March 2011 and for other general assistance.

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