A Committee constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Revejunation under the Chairmanship of Dr Mihir Shah has suggested a draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016 which inter-alia, contains provisions for an overarching national legal framework with principles for protection, conservation, regulation and management of water as a vital and stressed natural resource.
The draft Bill was circulated to all the States/Union Territories and the concerned Central Ministries for obtaining their comments. The nine States Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have furnished their comments on this draft Bill.
The Water Secretary has communicated the benefits of National Water Framework Law (NWFL) to the Chief Secretaries of all States and UTs and requested them to support the Bill. Minister Uma Bharti has also requested Chief Ministers of all States and UTs to pass suitable resolutions in their State Assemblies in support of the draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016.