INDIA - Indian Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has said recently that inter-linking of river will raise the irrigation capacity of the country by 90 per cent.
Inaugurating the national conference on issues for optimal use of water resources called Jal Manthan, the minister said that there is no shortage of water in our country, as excess rain water in our country flows in to seas through rivers. We need to conserve this water by inter-linking the rivers.
The minister said, in our country irrigation schemes take lot of time and money to complete and only farmer can feel the pain of these delayed projects.
Mr Bharati said after becoming minister in the central government, many ministers and secretaries from various states came to her and explained their problems about water resources and irrigation and promised that after going through the recommendations of Jal Manthan deliberation, she will make necessary amendments to the schemes and plans of the ministry.
The three day event was organised by the ministry of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation to take up wide ranging consultations with the state water resources/ irrigation ministers, secretaries and a range of other stakeholders.
The focus will be on refining policies of the ministry to make them more people friendly and responsive to the needs of the states.
The first day of the conference was devoted for deliberations on the three flagship schemes being implemented by the government through ministry of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation, whereas the second day of the conference dealt with issues related to inter-linking of rivers in the country.
The third day conference, hold deliberations on broader issues of water conservation and management with civil societies, non-governmental organisations and water user communities.
The focus was on water security, farm water management and rejuvenation of water bodies.
Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh, Indian rural development minister, Choudhary Birender Singh and minister of state for water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation also attended the inaugural event.