Ministry of Jal Shakti

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Ministry of Jal Shakti
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Agency overview
FormedMay 2019[1]
JurisdictionRepublic of India
Ministers responsible

Ministry of Jal Shakti is a ministry under Government of India which was formed in May 2019 under the second Modi ministry. This was formed by merging of two ministries; Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.[1]

The formation of this ministry reflects India's seriousness towards the mounting water challenges the country has been facing over the past few decades.[2]


The ministry was incorporated with an aim to clean the river Ganges. They would also encompass any international or national disputes between inter-state water bodies and the rivers which are shared by India along with other neighboring countries[3]. A special project "Namami Gange" project has been launched to clean Ganga and its tributaries to provide safe drinking water to people of the country.[4] The ministry has also launched its special campaigns on social so that citizens of the country become aware of water conservation.


The Minister of Jal Shakti is the head of this ministry, and is one of the cabinet ministers of the Government of India. Since 31 May 2019, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is the Minister of Jal Shakti. The Minister of State (Jal Shakti) is Rattan Lal Kataria.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Govt forms 'Jal Shakti' Ministry by merging Water Resources and Drinking Water Ministries". Business Standard. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Water Challenges: India Forms a New Ministry". Report Syndication. September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Government forms 'Jal Shakti' Ministry by merging Water Resources and Drinking water Ministry". PTI, New Delhi.
  4. ^ "Department of Water Resources RD & GR, Government of India". Department of Water Resources, Government of India.