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Steering Committee for Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation (Rural and Urban)

Dated 21st November 2000

With a view to formulate the Tenth Five Year Plan, it has been decided to set up a Steering Committee on Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Rural and Urban) under chairmanship of Shri Sompal, Member, Planning Commission. The composition and terms of reference of the Steering Committee are as under:


1. Shri Som Pal, Member, Planning Commission, New Delhi
2. Secretary, Deptt of Urban Development. Member
3. Secretary, Deptt. of Drinking Water Supply Member
4 Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest. Member
5. Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources. Member
6 Ms. Krishna Singh,
Member-Secretary, National Commission on Population, Planning Commission.
7 Adviser. CPHEEO, M/o UD and PA. Member
8 Adviser, National River Conservation Directorate Member
q CMD, HUDCO. Member
10 Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi. Member
11 Chairman, Central Ground Water Board Member
12 Dr. Rakesh Mohan, Director General
National Council for Applied Economic Research.
13 Prof. K.J. Nath
All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health.
14 Dr B.B. Sundaresan
Ex. Vice Chancellor, Madras University.
15. Shri S. Prakash, Ex. Engineer-in-Chief
Delhi Water Supply and Sewage Disposal Undertaking.
16. Dr Bindeshwar Pathak
Founder Sulabh International Social Service Organisation.
17 Shri Anil Agarwal, Director
Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.
18. Shri S.S. Chakraborty, Secretary,
Ramakrishna Mission, Calcutta.
19 Adviser (Water Resources), Planning Commission.

Broad Terms of Reference

  1. Develop a perspective on demand and supply for the next two decades say, by 2021 taking into account the present status and the ground realities.
  2. Evolve a long-term strategy for provision and Operation and Maintenance of drinking water supply and sanitation facilities, which should be contributory to the process of economic development in a sustainable framework.
  3. To formulate objectives, policies, strategies and methodology for the Tenth Five Year Plan, suggest modifications, if any, in the existing schemes, formulate new programmes, designed to address the specific problems in the water supply and sanitation sector.
  4. Recommend viable and efficient policy options with particular reference to financing, development of compatible institutions and planning systems in a decentralised set up.
  5. Analyse the pattern of financial flow in the Central and State Governments' Budgets in the recent Five year Plans and suggest proposals for changes/enhancement in the allocation process of Central and State budgetary resources for this sector.
  6. To review the current status of operation and maintenance of rural water supply and sanitation schemes and suggest policies, strategies ways and means for effective operation and maintenance of the assets created including transfer of responsibilities to PRIs during the Tenth Plan.
  7. To make a critical review of the achievements, roles and involvement of the International and other External Support Agencies like the WHO, UNICEF.

UNDI World Bank and bilateral donors and define their future roles keeping in view the national policies, objectives and priorities.

The chairman of the Steering Committee may constitute Sub-Groups and co-opt other member(s) as deemed necessary.

Expenditure of the members on TA/DA in connection with the meetings,, of the Steering Committee will be borne by the respective Departments Ministries Organisations. Expenditure in respect of non-official members will be borne by the Planning Commission as per rules and regulations of TA, DA as applicable to Group A Officers of the Government of India.

The Steering Committee should submit their report by 31st March 2001.