Dated: Monday, January 23, 2017
Providing clean drinking water to the masses is one of the foremost priorities of our Government

It is very unfortunate that clean drinking water is not easily available to everyone, given the fact that it is the right of every Pakistani. The Federal Minister for Science & Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain was addressing the participants of the meeting convened for a detailed review on last two years performance of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources.

            According to the report presented, PCRWR has three on going PSDP including: demarcation of groundwater quality zones in Indus plain and marginal areas for sustainable development and management of groundwater, (2) integrated water resource management in the highly depleted Pishin-Lora basin of Balochistan and (3) establishment of National Capacity Building Institute for Water Quality Management.

The Federal Minister for Science & Technology was informed that 04 more PSDP were approved during 2016 but the funds were not released from the Planning, Development & Reform Ministry. Hence they have not been initiated so far. Other than the PSDPs, the Chairman PCRWR also shared the list of projects that the PCRWR has initiated in collaboration with different National & International organizations.

During the overview, the Chairman PCRWR shared the alarming situation of environmental degradation of the Manchhar Lake. While discussing the internal challenges that PCRWR is facing, the Federal Minister for Science & Technology took serious notice of inefficiency and ill performance of the technical staff of the organization. He passed a standing order effective immediately that any official reported for inefficiency or corruption may be suspended and inquiry be launched for evaluating the nature of offense. No leniency or soft corner may be shown to culprits at any cost.

“We will not leave any stone unturned while performing our duties. We must do what must be done and that too with determination,” The Federal Minister said with a strong resolve. He appreciated the progress shown under the chairman ship of Dr. Ashraf in PCRWR and directed him to improve the state of affairs in the organization to its maximum capacity. Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister for Science & Technology also affirmed his full support in any management or administration related issue to the organization.