A water shortage could cut food exports from India which has emerged as a leading supplier of a number of food products to the world.
India has achieved the distinction of being a top exporter of food and is sitting on large stockpiles of rice, wheat and sugar.
According to reports, to retain that edge it needs to revive its reservoirs, lakes and other traditional water bodies.
The situation has been particularly grim this year in western and southern states that received below average rainfall.
Water Resources Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said, “Judicious use of water can save India from future calamities.”