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National Water Policy is formulated by the Ministry of Water Resources of the Government of India to govern the planning and development of water resources and their optimum utilisation. The first National Water Policy was adopted in September, 1987. It was reviewed and updated in 2002 and later in 2012.

1)Envisages to establish a standardized national information system with a network of data banks and data bases 
2)Resource planning and recycling for providing maximum availability 
3)To give importance to the impact of projects on human settlements and environment. 
4)Guidelines for the safety of storage dams and other water-related structures 
5)Regulate exploitation of groundwater 
6)Setting water allocation priorities in the following order: Drinking water, Irrigation, Hydropower, Navigation, Industrial and other uses. 
7)The water rates for surface water and ground water should be rationalized with due regard to the interests of small and marginal farmers.


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