Water policy for rainfed areas

The policy recommendations have evolved from a decade long work of the RRA Network across the major rainfed states of India. It emerged from field pilot initiatives of the network and its partners, several consultations including the National Convention on RRA held in 2019, Consultation at NRAA and the consultations of the Working Group on Water. The primary ask of the RRA N is to institute a differentiated water policy for rainfed areas within the National Water Policy. Maintaining parity of investments on water resources, establishing a Department on Water Resources within the Jal Shakti Ministry and to take up a comprehensive and integrated view of water resources development with improving Rainfall Use Efficiency as a metric to measure success.