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Water management issue raised in Pvt Member Resolution

Water management issue raised in Pvt Member Resolution

New Delhi, Jul 19 (UNI) Raising concern over depleting levels of water bodies in the country, BJP member Jagdambika Pal said on Friday that water management was top priority of the Narendra Modi government.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha during private member resolution on 'Construction of canals through Ken-Betwa river linking project to overcome the problem of water scarcity and stray cows in the Bundelkhand region', Mr Pal said the problem was not limited to Bundelkhand but was prevailing from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

The government has made its stand clear that safe and adequate drinking water is a top priority for it, he said.

The Prime Minister said by 2024, all homes will receive piped drinking water, he said, adding that this was government's top priority after coming to power for the second time.

Today also, Mr Pal said only 18.33 per cent of population gets tap water, adding that so many years after Independence, people in the country were deprived of even basic necessities.

Citing a report, Mr Pal said there was problem of internal migration because of water crisis in several states.

He also said water levels depleted to 61 per cent between 2007 and 2017 and according to a Niti Aayog report, 600 million people were suffering from water crisis.

Similar to the Swatchhta Abhiyaan, the BJP government has taken up the water management on a mission mode, the BJP member said.

He said the Prime Minister himself wrote to all sarpanches about water conservation and rainwater harvesting.

The Inter-State River Water Disputes were prevailing in the country including Cauvery water dispute, the Domariyaganj lawmaker said.

The government should take measures like changing crop pattern, as villagers from drought-prone region are now cultivating plants requiring less water, and also ensure local participation in this direction.

Mr Pal also asked about government policy as the levels of water bodies were depleting after silt was depositing in rivers also.

Due to scarcity of water and unavailability of fodder for cattle in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, the people were forced to leave their cows to graze in the open, which is popularly known as 'Anna Pratha'.

This causes damage to standing crops, so the resolution moved by lawmaker Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel, urged the government to take steps to construct network of canals from the proposed Ken-Betwa river-linking project to inter-connect and replenish the dams and ponds to overcome the problems of scarcity of water and the ill practice.

Among others BJP's Anurag Sharma, Vinod Kumar Sonkar, Rajendra Agrawal and R K Singh Patel also participated in the debate.

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