ISLAMABAD - Underscoring the need for putting in place an efficient water resource management system, Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk on Tuesday observed that leveraging technology and adoption of efficient means of conservation and utilization was essential to ensure availability of water for the rapidly increasing population.

While chairing a meeting on water resources at Prime Minister’s Office, the caretaker premier directed the Ministry of Water Resources to work out a comprehensive plan for addressing water-related issues of the country.

Caretaker Minister for Water Resources Barrister Ali Zafar, Secretary to Prime Minister Suhail Aamir, Secretary Water Resources Shamail Ahmed Khawaja, Chairman Federal Flood Commission Ahmed Kamal and senior officers attended the briefing.  Secretary water resources made a presentation on water resource availability, its utilization and various issues impacting on the effective management of surface as well as groundwater resources. 

The secretary also briefed the caretaker prime minister about key policy objectives and strategic priorities that have been included in the National Water Policy 2018.

The meeting was informed that the availability of water in the country was gradually improving with the rising temperature and melting of the glacial snow in the mountains.

The interim prime minister appreciated formulation of the first-ever National Water Policy and setting up of strategic priorities for the future.