High-level consultative meeting discusses national water policy

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Staff Reporter

Peshawar

In light of instructions issued by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the federal government has sought suggestions and proposals from the provinces to ensure proper utilization of water resources for human consumption, agriculture purposes, power generation and conservation of this precious asset for next generations under implementation of National Water Policy.
With regard to implementation on National Water Policy, a consultative meeting was held here at a local hotel by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that was attended by Chief Secretary, Shehzad Bangash, Federal Secretary Ministry of Water Resources, Muhammad Ashraf, Joint Secretary Meher Ali Shah, Secretary Agriculture Israr Khan, Secretary Irrigation Daud Khan, Secretary P&D Shah Mehmood, Secretary Public Health Engineering Behramand Khan, former Secretary Irrigation and team leader WCAP Engineer Naeem Khan and officers of concerned departments.
Federal Secretary Muhammad Ashraf and Joint Secretary Meher Ali Shah briefed the participants regarding set goals and objectives of National Water Policy and stressed upon making the suggestions of the provinces a part of the policy. Additional Chief Secretary said ‘the time once passed will never come back and same is in the case of water which once wasted cannot be regained. We are wasting the water relentlessly which is a great gift bestowed to humans’.
He said the KP government has initiated numerous projects in water sector including in erstwhile FATA that includes Diamer Bhasha Dam and Kurram Tangi Dam. He said all the stakeholders have to work together in the larger interest of the country.

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