Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
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Agency overview
FormedSeptember 1985; 37 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]
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
  • Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
Agency executive
  • Pankaj Kumar IAS
Websitemowr.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 Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to form the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Organisations

CGWA

Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA), created in 1970 under sub-section (3) of Section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986 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)

Ministers

Name Portrait Tenure Political Party Prime Minister
Ministry of Water Resources
1 B. Shankaranand 25 September 1985 22 August 1987 1 year, 331 days Indian National Congress Rajiv Gandhi
2 Rajiv Gandhi
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22 August 1987 10 November 1987 80 days
3 Ram Niwas Mirdha
(Independent Charge)
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10 November 1987 14 February 1988 96 days
4 Dinesh Singh 14 February 1988 25 June 1988 132 days
(1) B. Shankaranand 25 June 1988 4 July 1989 1 year, 9 days
5 M. M. Jacob
(Independent Charge)
M.M. Jacob photo.jpg
4 July 1989 2 December 1989 151 days
6 Manubhai Kotadia
(Independent Charge)
6 December 1989 5 November 1990 334 days Janata Dal V. P. Singh
21 November 1990 26 April 1991 156 days Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) Chandra Shekhar
7 Chandra Shekhar
Chandra Shekhar Singh.jpg
26 April 1991 21 June 1991 56 days
8 Vidya Charan Shukla 21 June 1991 17 January 1996 4 years, 210 days Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
9 A. R. Antulay 17 January 1996 16 May 1996 120 days
10 Atal Bihari Vajpayee
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16 May 1996 1 June 1996 16 days Bharatiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee
11 I. K. Gujral
Inder Kumar Gujral 017.jpg
1 June 1996 29 June 1996 28 days Janata Dal H. D. Deve Gowda
12 Janeshwar Mishra 29 June 1996 9 June 1997 345 days Samajwadi Party H. D. Deve Gowda
I. K. Gujral
13 Sis Ram Ola
(Independent Charge)
Shri Sis Ram Ola in his office after taking over the charge as the Union Minister of Labour & Employment in New Delhi on May 24, 2004.jpg
9 June 1997 19 March 1998 283 days All India Indira Congress (Tiwari) I. K. Gujral
(10) Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee (cropped).jpg
19 March 1998 13 October 1999 1 year, 208 days Bharatiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee
14 Pramod Mahajan 13 October 1999 22 November 1999 40 days
15 C.P. Thakur
The Union Minister for SSI & DoNER Dr. C.P.Thakur briefing the Press regarding forthcoming Second North-East Business Summit (20-21 January, 2004) in New Delhi on January 15, 2004.jpg
22 November 1999 27 May 2000 187 days
16 Arjun Charan Sethi
Arjun Charan Sethi Image.jpg
27 May 2000 22 May 2004 3 years, 361 days Biju Janata Dal
17 Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi
(Independent Charge)
The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Parliament Affairs, Shri Priyaranjan Dasmunsi addressing the media on the completion of UPA Government’s three years in office, in New Delhi on May 23, 2007.jpg
23 May 2004 18 November 2005 1 year, 179 days Indian National Congress
(United Progressive Alliance)
Manmohan Singh
18 Santosh Mohan Dev
(Independent Charge)
The Minister of State for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises (Independent Charge), Shri Santosh Mohan Dev addressing the Press in New Delhi on October 14, 2004.jpg
18 November 2005 29 January 2006 72 days
19 Saifuddin Soz
The Union Minister for Water Resources, Prof. Saifuddin Soz interacting with the Media on important Water Resources related issues, in New Delhi on July 17, 2008.jpg
29 January 2006 22 May 2009 3 years, 113 days
20 Meira Kumar
The Speaker, Lok Sabha, Smt. Meira Kumar in 2010.jpg
28 May 2009 31 May 2009 3 days
21 Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in March 2014.jpg
31 May 2009 14 June 2009 14 days
22 Pawan Kumar Bansal
The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurating the New Block of Civil Hospital at Manimajra, in Chandigarh on April 07, 2013.jpg
14 June 2009 19 January 2011 1 year, 219 days
23 Salman Khurshid
Salman Khurshid portrait (cropped).jpg
19 January 2011 12 July 2011 174 days
(22) Pawan Kumar Bansal
The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurating the New Block of Civil Hospital at Manimajra, in Chandigarh on April 07, 2013.jpg
12 July 2011 28 October 2012 1 year, 108 days
24 Harish Rawat
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28 October 2012 1 February 2014 1 year, 96 days
25 Ghulam Nabi Azad
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1 February 2014 26 May 2014 114 days
Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvention
26 Uma Bharati
Uma Bharati in 2014.jpg
26 May 2014 3 September 2017 3 years, 100 days Bharatiya Janata Party Narendra Modi
27 Nitin Gadkari
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3 September 2017 30 May 2019 1 year, 269 days
Ministry of Jal Shakti
28 Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat addressing at the inauguration of the “National Workshop on Developing a Roadmap for Agriculture Knowledge Management in India”, in New Delhi.jpg
30 May 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 196 days Bharatiya Janata Party Narendra Modi

Projects

References

  1. ^ "Govt forms 'Jal Shakti' Ministry by merging Water Resources and Drinking Water Ministries". Business Standard. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Budget turns spotlight on railways, roads". Times of India. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  3. ^ Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. "Organizational history of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation". Website of MoWRRDGR. Government of India. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, RD &GR Government of India". Cgwb.gov.in. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Home Page: Central Soil and Materials Research Station". Csmrs.gov.in. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Central Water Commission - An apex organization in water resources development in India". Cwc.gov.in. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  7. ^ "National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, India". Nihroorkee.gov.in. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Welcome to NERIWALM, INDIA". Neriwalm.gov.in. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b Central Ground Water Authority info, cgwb.gov.in, accessed 20 July 2021.