New Delhi (NVI): India on Saturday called upon the BRICS nations for sharing the innovative and best practices to address the water crisis.
Addressing BRICS International Forum webinar, the Minister of State for Jal Shakti, Rattan Lal Kataria said the ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the existential global crisis like hunger poverty and water scarcity.
He emphasized upon learning from each other’s valuable experience in handling the water crisis as 2.2 billion people across the globe still struggle to have access to safe drinking water.
The minister termed providing safe drinking water to people as an inescapable duty of any Government and also a Human Right as enshrined in UNGA resolution 64/292.
“Terming JJM as a success story, Kataria mentioned that India is ready to share its experience with other developing Nations. He also called upon the BRICS Nations for sharing the innovative and best practices being followed in water sector both at the government level as well as amongst the civil organizations,” the government said in a statement.
“This shall sensitize people towards judicious use of water and to develop efficient water management practices. He termed BRICS as an association of emerging economies, with considerable regional influence, and built upon the principles of equality, trust, mutual understanding,” the government added.
Kataria informed the esteemed dignitaries that realizing the true importance of providing access to assured and safe drinking water to each rural household, Government of India, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launched an ambitious Scheme to cover all rural households with piped water supply by the year 2024.
“In August 2019, India launched Jal Jeevan Mission (Water is life) Scheme with a total outlay of Rs 3.60 lakh Crore that is around 48 billion US$,” he said.
The MoS Jal Shakti added that the outcome of Jal Jeevan Mission cannot be limited to providing piped water connections to households as it is ushering a Social revolution as each and every household – irrespective of caste, colour, creed or religion is getting water at 55 lpcd – following an inclusive approach.