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Composite Water Management Index report

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: IE 

Context: NITI Aayog, the Indian government’s think tank, is considering discontinuing the ‘Composite Water Management Index’ (CWMI) report, which was launched five years ago to assess water management in Indian states.

  • The latest edition of the report highlights that water scarcity is a national problem, with decreasing annual per capita water availability.
  • While the third and fourth editions of the report have been delayed due to the unavailability of updated data during the COVID-19 pandemic, NITI Aayog has considered combining these editions with future rounds to extend the data coverage to district levels.

The report aimed to support evidence-based policy decisions for water resource management and promote competitive and cooperative federalism among Indian states.