Ministry of Jal Shakti

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Ministry of Jal Shakti
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Agency overview
FormedMay 2019; 1 month ago (2019-05)
Preceding agencies
  • Ministry of National Resources and Scientific Research (1951-52)
  • Ministry of Irrigation and Power (1952-74; 1985)
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (1974-80)
  • Ministry of Energy and Irrigation (1980)
  • Ministry of Irrigation (1980-85)
JurisdictionGovernment of India
HeadquartersMinistry of Water Resources, Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi
Annual budgetUS$243,134,089[1]
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible

The Ministry of Jal Shakti (formed by merging of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation) is the apex body for formulation and administration of rules and regulations relating to the development and regulation of the water resources in India. The Ministry was formed in January 1985 following the bifurcation of the then Ministry of Irrigation and Power, when the Department of Irrigation was re-constituted as the Ministry of Water Resources. In July 2014, the Ministry was renamed to “Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation”, making it the National Ganga River Basin Authority for conservation, development, management, and abatement of pollution in the river Ganges and its tributaries [2] . Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised this on April 13 at an election rally in Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram. Fast forward to May 24, Modi government-II gets a separate ministry called Jal Shakti (water power).

The Jal Shakti ministry has been formed on May 31, 2019 by reorganizing erstwhile ministries of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Drinking Water & Sanitation.



Ministry of Jal Shakti was formed by merging Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation with Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on 31 May 2019.[3]


  • Bansagar Control Board
  • Betwa River Board
  • Brahmaputra Board
  • Central Ground Water Board[4]
  • Central Soil and Materials Research Station[5]
  • Central Water and Power Research Station
  • Central Water Commission[6]
  • Farakka Barrage Project
  • Ganga Flood Control Commission
  • Narmada Control Authority
  • National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee[7]
  • National Projects Construction Corporation Limited
  • National Water Development Agency
  • North Eastern Regional Institute of Water and Land Management (NERIWALM)[8]
  • Sardar Sarovar Construction Advisory Committee
  • Tungabhadra Board
  • Upper Yamuna River Board
  • WAPCOS Limited


Projects under the ministry are resolving international and inter-states water disputes, the Namami Gange project, the clean Ganges imitative, Over Rs. 20,000 crore is set to be spent under the project to clean the Ganga by 2020. and provide clean drinking water to all.[3] Indian Rivers Inter-link


The Minister of Jal Shakti is the head of the Ministry of Jal Shakti and one of the cabinet ministers of the Government of India. The current is Gajendra Singh Shekhawat [3], who took charge on 31 May 2019.The Minister of State (Jal Shakti) is Rattan Lal Kataria [3]

Minister of State[edit]


  1. ^ "Budget turns spotlight on railways, roads". Times of India. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  2. ^ Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. "Organizational history of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation". Website of MoWRRDGR. Government of India. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Govt forms 'Jal Shakti' Ministry by merging Water Resources and Drinking Water Ministries", Business Standard, 31 May 2019
  4. ^ "Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, RD &GR Government of India". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Home Page: Central Soil and Materials Research Station". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Central Water Commission - An apex organization in water resources development in India". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  7. ^ "National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, India". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Welcome to NERIWALM, INDIA". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  9. ^ Mullaperiyar row: Kerala MPs to meet Bansal

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