NRB seeks consensus on water issues
ISLAMABAD: National Reconstruction Bureau (NRB) Chairman Mr Daniyal Aziz has said the government is trying to achieve a consensus on the resolution of water resources issues in all provinces.
Inaugurating a daylong national workshop on water, dams and development in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said Pakistan is facing problems of population growth and poverty, which need to be attended. Mr Aziz said there was need to resolve the issue of water so that more dams could be constructed and sufficient water could be provided to all the provinces according to their share and needs.
He said affordable energy and water services were a pre-requisite for eliminating poverty, especially in the rural areas. He said the suggestions formulated by this workshop would be presented in the National Convention of the Local Bodies being held next month.
Speaking on the occasion, the Sindh Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Nadir Akmal Leghari said efforts to remove the mistrust and misconceptions of the people of all the provinces to achieve consensus on the construction of dams are necessary. He said the consensus on the water resources issue would play a significant role in national development.
The workshop, which has been arranged by a non-governmental organisation, aims to spread information, enhance knowledge and to create awareness among the masses about the benefits and adverse affects of dams. —NNI