60% of states fare poorly in in­dex of wa­ter man­age­ment

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - @times­group.com

New Delhi: Around 60% states (14 out of 24) have achieved scores be­low 50 and have been clas­si­fied as low per­form­ers in Niti Aayog’s com­pos­ite wa­ter man­age­ment in­dex.

Seven states have scores be­tween 50-65 and have been ranked as medium per­form­ers. Gu­jarat is the high­est per­former in the coun­try, closely fol­lowed by Mad­hya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. Jharkhand, Haryana, Ut­tar Pradesh and Bi­har are the worst per­form­ing states in wa­ter man­age­ment.

The coun­try faces sig­nif­i­cant risks as the low per­form­ers on the wa­ter in­dex are home to around 50% of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion and its agri­cul­tural bas­ket, the re­port said. Niti CEO Amitabh Kant said, “Wa­ter is the big­gest chal­lenge In­dia faces.” Poor per­for­mance of these states high­lights a sig­nif­i­cant wa­ter man­age­ment risk for the coun­try go­ing for­ward as these states also ac­count for 20-30% of In­dia’s agri­cul­tural out­put.

This is also likely to be a sig­nif­i­cant food se­cu­rity risk for the coun­try, the re­port said. How­ever, wa­ter man­age­ment is im­prov­ing across-the­board as about 60% of the states in­cluded in the in­dex have im­proved their scores in 2016-17, as com­pared to 2015-16.

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