Per Capita availability of Water in India reducing alarmingly
The per capita water availability in the country as a whole is reducing progressively due to increase in population. The average annual per capita availability of water in the country, taking into consideration the population of the country as per the 2001 census, was 1816 cubic meters which decreased to1545 cubic meters as per the 2011 census.
Several steps for augmentation, conservation and efficient management to ensure sustainability of water resources are undertaken by the respective State Governments. Central Government supplements the efforts of the State Governments, by providing technical and financial assistance to State Governments through various schemes and programmes such as Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP); Repair Renovation and Restoration of Water Bodies. The Government of India has also launched National Water Mission with the main objective as “conservation of water, minimizing wastage and ensuring its more equitable distribution both across and within States through integrated water resources development and management”.