Kanpur: In order to address the issues of water scarcity, management and conservation, the Union government is contemplating on launching the ambitious National Water Policy project from 2012. In the convocation ceremony of Jagran Institute of Management, Union Minister for Water Resources and Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid on Friday said the survey on the ambitious water linking project is underway.

Under the provisions of Constitution of India, the rights of water are state subject. “We are discussing the possibilities of making water rights a national subject,” Khurshid added. 

He said some parts of the Indian rivers are in the foreign countries including Nepal and Bhutan which needs to be surveyed. Khurshid further added, “Efforts are being made to hold discussions with these countries in this regard.”
 
Presently the Ken-Betva link project in under consideration and the Union Ministry for Environment has been asked to summit No Objection Certificate (NOC), added the Minister.

Khurshid said, “Ministry is working with the Planning Commission for the implementation of the national water policy next year.”
The Congress leader maintained that in the forthcoming meeting of Chief Ministers of eight states on May 26, the emphasis will be given on flood control measures.

He said party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has made a sincere effort to provide a boost to the party in Uttar Pradesh. He asserted that the efforts made by Gandhi to take up the issue of helpless people and persons belonging to the downtrodden section of society will yield positive results for the party in 2012 assembly elections.

On the issue of ticket distribution for 2012 Assembly election in UP, he said the probable candidates have been indicated and the announcement in this regard will be made soon. On the question of announcement of Chief Ministerial candidate for UP, Khurshid said generally Congress does not make such declarations.

JPN/Bureau