ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justice (R) Nasir-ul-Mulk directed Ministry of Water Resources to work out a comprehensive plan for addressing water-related issues of the country.
He said this while chairing a briefing on water resources at Prime Minister’s Office, Islamabad. Minister for Water Resources Barrister Ali Zafar, Secretary to Prime Minister Suhail Aamir, Secretary Water Resources Shamail Ahmed Khawaja, Chairman Federal Flood Commission Ahmed Kamal and senior officers were also present on this occasion.
The secretary water resources made a presentation on water resource availability, its utilization and various issues impacting on the effective management of surface as well as ground water resources. The secretary also briefed the prime minister regarding key policy objectives and strategic priorities that have been included in the National Water Policy 2018.
The meeting, however, was informed that the availability of water in the country was improving at a gradual pace, with the rising temperature and melting of the glacial snow in the mountains.
The premier appreciated formulation of the first National Water Policy and setting up of strategic priorities for the future. Underscoring the need for putting in place an efficient water resource management system, Nasir observed that leveraging technology and adoption of efficient means of conservation and utilization was vital to ensure availability of water for a rapidly escalating population.