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Gujarat tops Niti Aayog's Water Management Index

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has emerged as the best state on Aayog's composite water management index (CWMI) in the country followed by Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and

In northeastern and states, has been adjudged as the top state in 2016-17 followed by Himachal Pradesh, and

Aayog has ranked all states through first of its kind index on the composite water management, comprising 9 broad sectors with 28 different indicators covering various aspects of ground water, restoration of water bodies, irrigation, farm practices, drinking water, policy and governance.

The reporting states were divided into two special groups 'North Eastern and states' and 'Other States' - to account for the different hydrological conditions across these groups.

According to a report released by for today, Jharkhand, Haryana, and are worst performing states in water management.

"In terms of incremental change in index (over 2015-16 level), holds number one position in general states and ranks at first position amongst North Eastern and states," the report said.

The Aayog proposes to publish these ranks on an annual basis in future.

In pursuit of cooperative and competitive federalism, Aayog has been laying emphasis on developing indicators on various social sectors.

In February 2018, the Aayog had released a report on 'Healthy States, Progressive India' which covered the ranking of states/ UTs on various health parameters.

As a step further in direction and keeping in view the criticality of water for life, has prepared a report on composite water management index (CWMI).

According to an official statement, the CWMI is an to assess and improve the performance of states/ Union Territories in efficient management of

This has been done through a first of its kind water data collection exercise in partnership with Ministry of Water Resources, and all the states/ Union Territories, it added.

It also said the index will provide useful information for the states and also for the concerned Central ministries /departments, enabling them to formulate and implement suitable strategies for better management of

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 17:25 IST