The Prime Minister has unveiled the National Action Plan for Climate Change on 30-06-2008 wherein eight missions including National Water Mission were launched. This Report is formed for the Sub-committee on Policy and Institutional Framework as established by the High Level Steering Committee of the National Water Mission headed by Secretary (Water Resources).

The National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) describes the features of National Water Mission as under: A National Water Mission will be mounted to ensure integrated water resource management helping to conserve water, minimize wastage and ensure more equitable distribution both across and within states.

Irrigation water security is vital both for livelihood and food security. While the country has made large investments in the augmentation of water supply, there have been no commensurate efforts in the management of demand and in the promotion of efficient and economic water use. This report draws attention to the scope available for improving the efficiency of use of irrigation water in a manner that both the productivity and profitability of farming are enhanced.

This Report of the Standing Committee on Water Resources deals with the action taken by the Government on the recommendations contained in their First Report on Demands for Grants(2004-05) of the Ministry of Water Resources which was presented to Lok Sabha on 23 August 2004.

This policy emphasises planning, development and management of water resources in a national perspective through a well-developed information system and river basin organisations for the integrated and multidisciplinary management of entire drainage basins. It has prioritised water allocation