Sangma suggests state level water policy
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, June 26: With reference to the meteorological survey of India about half of the country facing by water crises, Member of Parliament Agatha Sangma suggested that ‘the issue of water can be addressed by having water policy at a state level.’ The MP was speaking during the presidential address in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
“Since all of us know that water is a ‘state subject,’ it is crucial for state government to also sum up with some kind of a water policy,” she said while adding that Meghalaya is will be the first state to come up with a separate state level water policy.
“This is an example for other states in our country and if possible, the central government must encourage and incentivise state governments to come up with a good state water policy.”
Sangma appreciated the union government’s taking water as an important priority even in the presidential address. She also appreciated the government for introducing ‘streamline water.’
Stating about the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’s target to built 2 crore houses, Sangma suggested to incorporate rooftop rainwater harvesting in the new houses.
Sangma stated that the ‘Namami Gange Programme’ incorporated various major rivers in country but did not mention Brahmaputra. She requested the government to consider and incorporate the river as it behaves as ‘a lifeline’ for north eastern states.
While talking about organic farming mentioned in the presidential address, Sangma also assured that Meghalaya would extend full support to incorporate such policies in Northeast.