Dr Ambedkar: Pioneer of National Water Resources Development Policy

Dr Ambedkar served as Member (Labour), Viceroy’s Executive Council, from July 20, 1942 to June 29, 1946. These four years and eleven months witnessed the social visionary’s intense nation building activities. On his 129th birth anniversary, A.K. Biswas focuses on one aspect of this phase of his activities, about which widespread ignorance prevails.

At the inauguration of the Maritime Investment Summit 2016 in Mumbai on April 14, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, the father of the Constitution was also the architect of the water and river navigation policy. In highlighting this little known role Dr Ambedkar played as a builder of modern nation, he said, “Many of us may not know that Babasaheb created two powerful institutions related to water, navigation and power. They were: The Central Waterways, Irrigation and Navigation Commission and The Central Technical Power Board. Dr Ambedkar is also the architect of the water and river navigation policy in India.”

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