Q. With reference to the proposed National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA), consider the following statements:
1. It will be an independent and autonomous body.
2. Prime Minister of India shall act as its ex-officio chairperson.
3. It will replace the existing National Water Development Agency (NWDA)
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 and 2 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 1 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: C
Notes:
  • Statement 1 is correct: NIRA is supposed to be an independent autonomous body for planning, investigation, financing and the implementation of the river interlinking projects in the country. 
  • Statement 2 is incorrect: The authority is to be headed by a Government of India Secretary-rank officer. 
  • Statement 3 is correct: NIRA will replace the existing National Water Development Agency (NWDA). 

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