Ahsan directs to finalize national water policy in three months

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal on Monday directed the authorities concerned for finalizing the national water policy in three months to save the country from water crisis.

He was chairing the meeting of Central Development Working Party (CDWP) here.

Ahsan Iqbal said all relevant government institutions and stakeholder should gear up towards finalizing national water policy expeditiously in view of sensitivity of water issue and it should not be ignored like power sector in the past which turned to worst proportions due to lack of proper planning and failure to assess its demand and supply.

He also underlined the need to involve engineering fora and universities in formulation of water policy. He said that water resource management is need of hour because of frequent floods due to climate change.

“Whenever the issue of water rights is raised at international forums, the neighboring country resorts to arguments that Pakistan can not manage its surplus”, he pointed out.

The minister believed that water issue is of utmost importance for future of country. The coming generations would not forgive us if we did not take the appropriate steps immediately to address water needs of growing urbanization.

Meanwhile, chairing a meeting on sustainable development goals (SDGs) here, the minister directed the provinces and federal ministries to prepare the local versions of SDGs for a broader national action plan to achieve the desired goals in stipulated time frame.

He said “We had to face great embarrassment due to non-fulfilling of MDGs. We can not afford replay of same. SDGs have to be met for development of country and Vision-2025 lays special emphasis on attainment of these goals.”

The minister directed the provinces and federal ministries to appoint the focal persons to integrate the working of all stakeholder for a consensus agreement.