The CPR-CWC Dialogue Forum invites you to a TREADTalks webinar on ‘Future Pathways for Federal Governance of India's Water Resources’
Speaker: Dr B.R.K. Pillai, Commissioner, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India
Moderator: Dr Srinivas Chokkakula, MoJS Research Chair - Water Conflicts and Governance, CPR
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About the Talk:
The Central and State governments of India have persistently endeavoured to develop the nation’s share of freshwater resources, albeit at a pace slower than population-driven rise in demand for the resource. Failure in achieving desired objectives has been for a lack of strategic vision and synchronised action. With emerging challenges like climate change, India can no longer ignore the impending need to shift towards a more strategic management of water resources. A federal approach is therefore necessary to bring nation-wide structural reforms in the sector, focusing on deficit and surplus management for sustainable development of water resources.
A key challenge underlining these reforms is the stochastic nature of water resources. Moving off the beaten path, I propose four pillars of reforms in water resources management:
(i) revamping the basic algorithm of planned development; (ii) creating area-based data systems; (iii) States’ own institutional restructuring; and (iv) integrated river basin evaluations. The strategic management approach here would bring in the dynamics of 4S: sensing, scanning, signalling, and strategising. This will enable the planners and policy makers to pursue a coherent and synchronised federal response to future challenges of water governance. The suggested approach will also support decentralisation, which is essential for sustainable development.
About the Speaker:
Dr B. Ravi Kumar Pillai is a water resources professional with over 33 years of experience in national level planning, appraisal, and execution of India’s water resources projects. He spearheaded India’s dam safety bill which is presently under consideration of the Parliament for approval. He also initiated, coordinated and supervised the World Bank-funded Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project for restoring the health of ageing dams. Currently, as Commissioner in Ministry of Jal Shakti, he is overseeing the command area development of irrigation projects across India. His academic credentials include MTech in Structural Engineering, MBA in Finance, and PhD in Management. He has published several papers on strategic and technical issues in water sector, including development of a new framework for integrated river basin evaluation.
This TREADTalk is supported by The Asia Foundation under the DFAT’s (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) SDIP (Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio) Program.