Gujarat has topped again in the latest ranking of Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0) for the year 2017-2018. The state had also topped the chart in the previous ranking of base year 2016-2017.
The index released by NITI Aayog was first launched in the year 2018 to promote Narendra Modi’s commitment to water management along with an idea to boost the cooperative federalism. Serving as an important tool for assessing the performance of States/ Union Territories in efficient water resources management, the index iterates a strong mission of Modi’s Jal Shakti Abhiyan.
FINDINGS OF INDEX:
- In the latest report released by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar, Gujarat has topped the index.
- Other states like Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu follow it.
- It has also been assessed that 80 percent of the observed states have shown improvement in their scores in the last three years.
- In the given index, states have been ranked across nine themes. 25 states and 2 union territories are covered in this report. Puducherry and Delhi are the 2 UTs covered.
- As per the report, Himachal Pradesh stood first among the northeastern and Himalayan states. It is then followed by Uttarakhand, Tripura, and Assam.
- In terms of incremental change, Haryana bagged the first position among general states, while Uttarakhand topped the category of northeastern and Himalayan states.
The report findings provide a good assessment of the state’s effort in water conservation strategies.