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National Water Policy (1999)

The National Water Policy, formulated by the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), aims to provide direction to all agencies and institutions relevant to the water sector in Bangladesh, to achieve targeted objectives of the sector. Objectives including addressing issues related to development of all forms of surface water and ground water and management of these resources in an efficient and equitable manner, and ensuring water availability to all elements of society, particularly the poor, women and children. The policy intends to expedite the development of sustainable public and private water delivery systems with appropriate legal and financial measures and incentives, including delineation of water rights and water pricing. The need to bring about institutional changes, and develop a legal and regulatory environment for decentralized and sound management of water resources is delineated.

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