ISLAMABAD - Minister of Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza has said the meeting of the Council of Common Interests to discuss host of issues, including National Waters Policy, has been scheduled on 24 September.
“Chief ministers of provinces will soon share their agendas for the upcoming CCI meeting,” said Minister IPC Dr Fehmida Mirza while talking to The Nation.
The meeting has been rescheduled due to Muharram (Ashura), as earlier it was scheduled in the mid of September.
The minister said that the CCI will review the National Water Policy of Pakistan, as Sindh province has certain reservations over it.
“All the reservations of provinces will thoroughly be discussed in the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan,” she said.
The PML-N government in its tenure approved first ever ‘National Water Council’ to deal with the matters related to the climate change and rapidly depleting water resources in Pakistan.
The approved NWP caters to the country’s water uses, development and use of water resources, irrigated and rain-fed agriculture, drinking water and sanitation related issues in industry, water rights and obligations, sustainable water infrastructure, water related hazards, quality management.
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had also signed the “Pakistan Water Charter” after approving the NWP.
Sources said that the incumbent government will make strategy in consultation with the provinces to implement ‘National Water Policy’.
All-out efforts would be made to address the reservations of provinces.
Sources said that the meeting will also discuss the matter related to the construction of dams to overcome the issue of water crisis in the country.
Prime Minister Imran Khan last week urged the nation and overseas Pakistanis to contribute generously to the fund to save country from the looming water crisis.
Imran Khan appealed to the overseas Pakistanis to donate at least $1,000 per person for the construction of dams.
However, the opposition parties in their media talk criticising the move termed it a political gimmick.
The 37th CCI (last CCI of previous government), while approving the NPT, had also directed Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination, Planning Commission of Pakistan and Ministry of Water Resources to reconcile the claims in consultation with the provinces and resubmit the issue for decision in the next CCI meeting.
The Council of Common Interests (CCI) has been reconstituted in the last month. The members include four chief ministers, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza and Minister for Finance Asad Umar. The CCI meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.