Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
Agency overview
FormedSeptember 1985; 38 years ago (1985-09)
Preceding agencies
  • Ministry of National Resources and Scientific Research (1951-52)
  • Ministry of Irrigation and Power (1952-74; 1985)
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (1974-80)
  • Ministry of Energy and Irrigation (1980)
  • Ministry of Irrigation (1980-85)
DissolvedMay 2019[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionGovernment of India
HeadquartersMinistry of Water Resources, Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi
Annual budgetUS$243,134,089[2]
Websitejalshakti-dowr.gov.in

The Ministry of 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. The Ministry was formed in January 1985 following the bifurcation of the then Ministry of Irrigation and Power, when the Department of Irrigation was re-constituted as the Ministry of Water Resources. In July 2014, the Ministry was renamed to “Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation”, making it the National Ganga River Basin Authority for conservation, development, management, and abatement of pollution in the river Ganges and its tributaries.[3] In May 2019, this ministry was merged with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to form the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Organisations

CGWB

Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), created in 1970 under the Ministry of Water Resources of India, for regulation of ground water development to ensure long-term sustainability. It is responsible for "providing scientific inputs for management, exploration, monitoring, assessment, augmentation and regulation of ground water resources of the country." It is a multi-disciplinary scientific entity comprising Hydrologists, Hydrometeorologists, Hydrogeologists, Geophysicists, Chemists, and Engineers. It is headquartered at NH-19 (old NH-4) in Faridabad in Haryana.[9]

It has following 4 wings:[9]

  1. Sustainable Management & Liaison (SML)
  2. Survey, Assessment & Monitoring (SAM)
  3. Exploratory Drilling & Materials Management (ED&MM)
  4. Water Quality & Training and Technology Transfer (WQ&TT)

Cabinet Ministers

Note: MoS (I/C) – Minister of State (Independent Charge)

Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Minister of River Valley Schemes
Gulzarilal Nanda
(1898–1998)
MP for Sabarkantha
13 May
1952
6 June
1952
24 days Indian National Congress Nehru II Jawaharlal Nehru
Minister of Irrigation and Power
Gulzarilal Nanda
(1898–1998)
MP for Sabarkantha
6 June
1952
17 April
1957
4 years, 315 days Indian National Congress Nehru II Jawaharlal Nehru
S. K. Patil
(1898–1981)
MP for Mumbai South
17 April
1957
2 April
1958
350 days Nehru III
Hafiz Mohamad Ibrahim
(1889–1968)
MP for Uttar Pradesh (Rajya Sabha)
2 April
1958
10 April
1962
5 years, 85 days
10 April
1962
26 June
1963
Nehru IV
Kanuri Lakshmana Rao
(1902–1986)
MP for Vijayawada

(MoS)
19 July
1963
27 May
1964
326 days
27 May
1964
9 June
1964
Nanda I Gulzarilal Nanda
(Acting)
H. C. Dasappa
(1894–1964)
MP for Bangalore
9 June
1964
19 July
1964
40 days Shastri Lal Bahadur Shastri
Kanuri Lakshmana Rao
(1902–1986)
MP for Vijayawada

(MoS)
19 July
1964
11 January
1966
1 year, 189 days
11 January
1966
24 January
1966
Nanda II Gulzarilal Nanda
(acting)
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
(1905–1977)
MP for Barpeta
24 January
1966
13 November
1966
293 days Indira I Indira Gandhi
Kanuri Lakshmana Rao
(1902–1986)
MP for Vijayawada

(MoS)
13 November
1966
18 March
1971
6 years, 361 days
18 March
1971
9 November
1973
Indira II
K. C. Pant
(1931–2012)
MP for Nainital
9 November
1973
10 October
1974
335 days
Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation
Jagjivan Ram
(1908–1986)
MP for Sasaram
10 October
1974
2 February
1977
2 years, 115 days Indian National Congress Indira II Indira Gandhi
Parkash Singh Badal
(1927–2023)
MP for Faridkot
28 March
1977
17 June
1977
81 days Shiromani Akali Dal Desai Morarji Desai
Surjit Singh Barnala
(1925–2017)
MP for Sangrur
18 June
1977
28 July
1979
2 years, 40 days
Brahm Prakash
(1918–1993)
MP for Outer Delhi
28 July
1979
14 January
1980
170 days Indian National Congress (Urs) Charan Charan Singh
Minister of Irrigation
A. B. A. Ghani Khan Choudhury
(1927–2006)
MP for Malda
16 January
1980
8 June
1980
144 days Indian National Congress Indira III Indira Gandhi
Kedar Pandey
(1920–1982)
MP for Bettiah
8 June
1980
12 November
1980
157 days
Rao Birender Singh
(1921–2000)
MP for Mahendragarh
12 November
1980
15 January
1982
1 year, 64 days
Kedar Pandey
(1920–1982)
MP for Bettiah
15 January
1982
29 January
1983
1 year, 14 days
Ram Niwas Mirdha
(1924–2010)
MP for Rajasthan (Rajya Sabha)

(MoS, I/C)
29 January
1983
2 August
1984
1 year, 186 days
Prakash Chandra Sethi
(1919–1996)
MP for Indore
2 August
1984
31 October
1984
90 days
C. K. Jaffer Sharief
(1933–2018)
MP for Bangalore North
4 November
1984
31 December
1984
57 days Rajiv I Rajiv Gandhi
B. Shankaranand
(1925–2009)
MP for Chikkodi
31 December
1984
25 September
1985
268 days Rajiv II
Minister of Water Resources
B. Shankaranand
(1925–2009)
MP for Chikkodi
25 September
1985
22 August
1987
1 year, 331 days Indian National Congress Rajiv II Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
(1944–1991)
MP for Amethi

(Prime Minister)
22 August
1987
10 November
1987
19 days
Ram Niwas Mirdha
(1924–2010)
MP for Rajasthan (Rajya Sabha)

(MoS, I/C)
10 November
1987
14 February
1988
96 days
Dinesh Singh
(1925–1995)
MP for Pratapgarh
14 February
1988
25 June
1988
132 days
B. Shankaranand
(1925–2009)
MP for Chikkodi
25 June
1988
4 July
1989
1 year, 9 days
M. M. Jacob
(1926–2018)
MP for Kerala (Rajya Sabha)

(MoS, I/C)
4 July
1989
2 December
1989
151 days
Manubhai Kotadia
(1936–2003)
MP for Amreli

(MoS, I/C until 5 November 1990)
6 December
1989
5 November
1990
334 days Janata Dal V. P. Singh V. P. Singh
21 November
1990
26 April
1991
156 days Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) Chandra Shekhar Chandra Shekhar
Chandra Shekhar
(1927–2007)
MP for Ballia

(Prime Minister)
26 April
1991
21 June
1991
56 days
Vidya Charan Shukla
(1929–2013)
MP for Raipur
21 June
1991
17 January
1996
4 years, 210 days Indian National Congress Rao P. V. Narasimha Rao
P. V. Narasimha Rao
(1921–2004)
MP for Nandyal

(Prime Minister)
17 January
1996
7 February
1996
21 days
A. R. Antulay
(1929–2014)
MP for Kolaba
7 February
1996
16 May
1996
99 days
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(1924–2018)
MP for Lucknow

(Prime Minister)
16 May
1996
1 June
1996
16 days Bharatiya Janata Party Vajpayee I Atal Bihari Vajpayee
H. D. Deve Gowda
(born 1933)
Unelected

(Prime Minister)
1 June
1996
29 June
1996
28 days Janata Dal Deve Gowda H. D. Deve Gowda
Janeshwar Mishra
(1933–2010)
MP for Uttar Pradesh (Rajya Sabha)
29 June
1996
21 April
1997
345 days Samajwadi Party
21 April
1997
9 June
1997
Gujral Inder Kumar Gujral
Sis Ram Ola
(1927–2013)
MP for Jhunjhunu

(MoS, I/C)
9 June
1997
19 March
1998
283 days All India Indira Congress (Tiwari)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(1924–2018)
MP for Lucknow

(Prime Minister)
19 March
1998
13 October
1999
1 year, 208 days Bharatiya Janata Party Vajpayee II Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Pramod Mahajan
(1949–2006)
MP for Maharashtra (Rajya Sabha)
13 October
1999
22 November
1999
40 days Vajpayee III
C. P. Thakur
(born 1931)
MP for Patna
22 November
1999
27 May
2000
187 days
Arjun Charan Sethi
(1941–2020)
MP for Bhadrak
27 May
2000
22 May
2004
3 years, 361 days Biju Janata Dal
Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi
(1945–2017)
MP for Raiganj
23 May
2004
18 November
2005
1 year, 179 days Indian National Congress Manmohan I Manmohan Singh
Santosh Mohan Dev
(1934–2017)
MP for Silchar

(MoS, I/C)
18 November
2005
29 January
2006
72 days
Saifuddin Soz
(born 1937)
MP for Jammu and Kashmir (Rajya Sabha)
29 January
2006
22 May
2009
3 years, 113 days
Meira Kumar
(born 1945)
MP for Sasaram
28 May
2009
31 May
2009
3 days Manmohan II
Manmohan Singh
(born 1932)
MP for Assam (Rajya Sabha)

(Prime Minister)
31 May
2009
14 June
2009
14 days
Pawan Kumar Bansal
(born 1948)
MP for Chandigarh
14 June
2009
19 January
2011
1 year, 219 days
Salman Khurshid
(born 1953)
MP for Farrukhabad
19 January
2011
12 July
2011
174 days
Pawan Kumar Bansal
(born 1948)
MP for Chandigarh
12 July
2011
28 October
2012
1 year, 108 days
Harish Rawat
(born 1948)
MP for Haridwar
28 October
2012
1 February
2014
1 year, 96 days
Ghulam Nabi Azad
(born 1949)
MP for Jammu and Kashmir (Rajya Sabha)
1 February
2014
26 May
2014
114 days
Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Uma Bharti
(born 1959)
MP for Jhansi
27 May
2014
3 September
2017
3 years, 99 days Bharatiya Janata Party Modi I Narendra Modi
Nitin Gadkari
(born 1957)
MP for Nagpur
3 September
2017
30 May
2019
1 year, 269 days
Ministry merged with Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to form Ministry of Jal Shakti

Ministers of State

Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Constituency
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Minister of State for Irrigation and Power
O. V. Alagesan
(1911–1992)
MP for Chengalpattu
8 May
1962
19 July
1963
1 year, 72 days Indian National Congress Nehru IV Jawaharlal Nehru
Kanuri Lakshmana Rao
(1902–1986)
MP for Vijayawada
9 June
1964
19 July
1964
40 days Shastri Lal Bahadur Shastri
24 January
1966
13 November
1966
293 days Indira I Indira Gandhi
Minister of State for Agriculture and Irrigation
Annasaheb Shinde
(1922–1993)
MP for Kopargaon
10 October
1974
24 March
1977
2 years, 165 days Indian National Congress Indira II Indira Gandhi
Shah Nawaz Khan
(1914–1993)
MP for Meerut
10 October
1974
24 March
1977
2 years, 165 days
Bhanu Pratap Singh
(born 1935)
MP for Uttar Pradesh (Rajya Sabha)
14 August
1977
15 July
1979
1 year, 335 days Janata Party Desai Morarji Desai
Nathuram Mirdha
(1921–1996)
MP for Nagaur
4 August
1979
25 October
1979
82 days Janata Party (Secular) Charan Charan Singh
M. V. Krishnappa
(1918–1980)
MP for Chikballapur
4 August
1979
14 January
1980
163 days
Minister of State for Irrigation
Ziaur Rahman Ansari
(1925–1992)
MP for Unnao
19 January
1980
29 January
1983
3 years, 10 days Indian National Congress Indira III Indira Gandhi
Harinath Mishra
MP for Darbhanga
2 August
1984
31 October
1984
90 days
Minister of State for Water Resources
Krishna Sahi
(born 1931)
MP for Begusarai
14 February
1988
4 July
1989
1 year, 140 days Indian National Congress Rajiv II Rajiv Gandhi
Prem Khandu Thungan
(born 1946)
MP for Arunachal West
19 January
1993
10 February
1995
2 years, 22 days Rao P. V. Narasimha Rao
P. V. Rangayya Naidu
(born 1933)
MP for Khammam
10 February
1995
16 May
1996
1 year, 96 days
Sompal Shastri
(born 1942)
MP for Baghpat
3 February
1999
13 October
1999
252 days Bharatiya Janata Party Vajpayee II Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Bijoya Chakravarty
(born 1939)
MP for Gauhati
13 October
1999
22 May
2004
4 years, 222 days Vajpayee III
Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav
(born 1954)
MP for Munger
23 May
2004
6 November
2005
1 year, 167 days Rashtriya Janata Dal Manmohan I Manmohan Singh
24 October
2006
22 May
2009
2 years, 210 days
Vincent Pala
(born 1968)
MP for Shillong
28 May
2009
28 October
2012
3 years, 153 days Indian National Congress Manmohan II
Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Santosh Kumar Gangwar
(born 1948)
MP for Bareilly
27 May
2014
9 November
2014
166 days Bharatiya Janata Party Modi I Narendra Modi
Sanwar Lal Jat
(1955–2017)
MP for Ajmer
9 November
2014
5 July
2016
1 year, 239 days
Vijay Goel
(born 1954)
MP for Rajasthan (Rajya Sabha)
5 July
2016
3 September
2017
1 year, 60 days
Sanjeev Balyan
(born 1972)
MP for Muzaffarnagar
5 July
2016
3 September
2017
1 year, 60 days
Arjun Ram Meghwal
(born 1953)
MP for Bikaner
3 September
2017
30 May
2019
1 year, 269 days
Satya Pal Singh
(born 1955)
MP for Baghpat
3 September
2017
30 May
2019
1 year, 269 days
Ministry merged with Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to form Ministry of Jal Shakti

Deputy Ministers

Portrait Minister
(Birth-Death)
Constituency
Term of office Political party Ministry Prime Minister
From To Period
Deputy Minister of Irrigation and Power
Jaisukhlal Hathi
(1909–1982)
MP for Gujarat (Rajya Sabha), until 1957
MP for Halar, from 1957
12 September
1952
17 April
1957
9 years, 210 days Indian National Congress Nehru II Jawaharlal Nehru
17 April
1957
10 April
1962
Nehru III
Shyam Dhar Mishra
(1919–2001)
MP for Mirzapur
15 June
1964
11 January
1966
1 year, 223 days Shastri Lal Bahadur Shastri
11 January
1966
24 January
1966
Nanda II Gulzarilal Nanda
(acting)
Siddheshwar Prasad
(1929–2023)
MP for Nalanda
13 November
1967
18 March
1971
3 years, 170 days Indira I Indira Gandhi
18 March
1971
2 May
1971
Indira II
Baijnath Kureel
(1920–1984)
MP for Ramsanehighat
2 May
1971
4 February
1973
1 year, 278 days
Balgovind Verma
(1923–1980)
MP for Kheri
5 February
1973
9 November
1973
277 days
Siddheshwar Prasad
(1929–2023)
MP for Nalanda
9 November
1973
10 October
1974
335 days
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation
Kedar Nath Singh
MP for Sultanpur
10 October
1974
24 March
1977
2 years, 165 days Indian National Congress Indira II Indira Gandhi
Prabhudas Patel
(1914–?)
MP for Dabhoi
23 October
1974
14 March
1977
2 years, 142 days

Projects

References

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