Federal govt seeks provinces guidelines for implementation of National Water Policy
The River Naguman, a tributary of the River Kabul in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The Federal government has sought recommendations from all provincial governments regarding the implementation of national water policy so that country’s water resource can effectively be used for the agriculture and other sectors in a proper manner and stop its wastage.

This was revealed at an event “Dialogues on the implementation of National water policy” held here in hotel pearl continental on Friday. The consultative session was arranged by the federal government with the support of the World Bank.

Federal Secretary of Ministry of water resources Muhammad Ashraf, Joint Secretary Mehr Ali Shah, Secretary Agricultural Israr Khan, Secretary Irrigation and other senior government officials participated in the consultative workshop.

The federal secretary laid the importance of making all the federating units the part of water policy for its proper implementation. Additional Chief secretary Shahzad Bangash has said that the provincial government has initiated a number of projects in KP as well as in tribal areas to preserve water and for its proper utilisation.

Bangash expressed the need that all the stakeholders have to work as a team in the best national interests to preserve water resources. The participants were informed that the KP government is working on the Gomal Zam dam which is one of the largest water reservoirs in the country. The officials said that Gomal Zam Dam is not only important for human lives but also for the animals and wildlife in the area where the dam is being constructed.

Former provincial irrigation secretary Naeem Khan in his address expressed the need that in the light of prime minister Directions, all stakeholders should be taken into confidence regarding the implementation of the national water policy.

He added that after Lahore and Peshawar, consultative workshops should also be held in other parts of the country so that views and expertise of all federating units and stakeholders can be incorporated in the implementation process of national water policy.

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