The Indian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (INCID) is the representative National Committee for India in the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), primarily working for bringing improvements in irrigation and drainage in India.

INCID and ICID were both formed on 24th June 1950. INCID was created to cater specifically to India’s needs for improvements in irrigation & drainage, through closer & active interactions with ICID.

With about 7 decades of a successful and accomplished legacy, INCID has served as anappropriate forum for stakeholders to deliberate & encourage improvements in irrigation, drainage & flood control practices through application of engineering, agriculture, economic, environmental, legal, & social science technology.

INCID, as thededicated national committee,was reconstituted as a representative body in ICID at the national level in August, 2019 with members from the Central government Ministries/ Departments (CWC, CGWB, ICAR, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Jal Shakti, etc.), State Water Resources/Irrigation Departments and, Professional Society/ NGOs, Private sector, Academic Institutes, WALMIs, IMTIs etc.

The Chairman, CWC heads INCID and Chief Engineer (Environment Management Organization), CWC is the Member-Secretary. The Remote Sensing Directorate, CWC serves as the INCID secretariat.

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  1. Stimulating and promoting the development and application of irrigation, drainage, river training, and flood control techniques within India;
  2. Integrating the efforts of Central Government, State Governments, academic institutions, and private sector in the field of agriculture water management; and
  3. Co-operating with the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) for the distribution and interchange of information concerning irrigation, drainage, river training, and flood control between the National Committees of the participating countries.


The Terms of Reference (ToRs) for INCID include
  • To simulate appropriate application of engineering, agriculture, economic, environmental, legal,and social science technology to improve irrigation, drainage, and flood control practices.
  • To stimulate and promote research, development, and application of technology in the field ofirrigation and drainage.
  • To crystallise and resolve pertinent issues confronting sustainable irrigated agriculture includingsustainable participatory irrigation management, expansion of micro-irrigation in canal irrigated command, conjunctive use of groundwater in canal irrigated command, reuse of wastewater inagriculture, and levying of irrigation service charges on volumetric basis.
  • To identify technology upgradation needs of country and suggest import of technology fromappropriate countries / organisations.
  • To publish proceedings, reports, bulletins, and newsletters to facilitate informationdissemination relating to technologies of irrigation and drainage development in the country.
  • To propose measures for promoting education and training in the field of irrigation anddrainage.
  • To host national and international conferences, seminars, symposiums, workshops, and studytours for dissemination of information in the field of irrigation and drainage.
  • To represent India in ICID and its various bodies to ensure effective participation of India in theinternational events sponsored by ICID.
  • To promote collaboration of government and public sector agencies with the Technical/Scientific Institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations, and Private Sectors of the country.
  • To empanel experts in the country in the field of irrigation and drainage for facilitating expertservices / engagements as per demands of the sector.