Mihir Shah writer was member, Planning Commission from 2009-14.
Reducing its use in agriculture is the most effective way of solving India’s water problem.
The FM has rightly spoken of a “focus on integrated demand and supply side management of water at the local level, including source sustainability and management of household wastewater for reuse in agriculture”.
We can add millions of hectares to irrigated land without building a single new dam. We just need to adopt a different method of managing the water already stored in them.
SECC opens the door to step away from the poverty line as a criterion for government benefits.
Despite the bureaucratic mindset, there are also tremendous positive effects.
The Planning Commission is deeply reflecting on its role.