Prime Minister Imran Khan today chaired first meeting of the National Water Council at Prime Minister's Office

October 25, 2018

Prime Minister Imran Khan today chaired first meeting of the National Water Council at Prime Minister’s Office.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Mr. Asad Umar, Minister for Planning Mr. Khusro Bakhtiar, Minister for Power Mr. Omar Ayub, Minister for Water Resources, Mr. Faisal Vawda, Minister for National Food Security Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan, Advisor to Prime Minister Malik Amin Aslam, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister KP Mr. Mahmood Khan, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan, Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, Prime Minister AJK Raja M. Farooq Haider Khan, provincial ministers, Federal Secretaries, Chief Secretaries, Chairman WAPDA and senior officials.

Addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister highlighted the issue of water scarcity to meet the growing demands of increasing population of the country. The Prime Minister emphasized upon following an integrated approach for conservation, storage, management and efficient utilization of the available water resources. Pointing out that no significant attention was paid to water-related issues in past, the Prime Minister underscored the need for chalking out a comprehensive road-map, in consultation with provinces and other stakeholders, for the implementation of National Water Policy. He observed that National Water Council would serve as an effective platform to discuss and develop consensus among the stakeholders on all issues pertaining to water resource management. 

Secretary Water Resources Mr. Shamail Ahmad Khawaja briefed the meeting, in detail, about the contours of National Water Policy and the strategic priorities set in the policy. He also apprised the meeting about the existing water availability and the planned future investments especially towards enhancement of the storage capacity.
Chairman WAPDA briefed the meeting about the progress on various projects of water storage and power generation.  

Secretary Water Resources also presented various proposals regarding implementation of National Water Policy. The Prime Minister directed that the proposals be analyzed by the Steering Committee under the Minister for Water Resources. The Steering Committee would submit its recommendations in two weeks’ time.