New Delhi, Jun 28 : Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday said both the Centre and the States have failed to come up with a long term solution for tackling drought.
Taking part in further discussion in the House on the Private Member resolution on construction of canals through Ken-Betwa river linking project to overcome the problem of water scarcity and stray cows in Bundelkhand region, the Congress leader said that water is listed as a subject under both the Union and the State list.He also made a reference about a UNESCO report which was released ahead of World Water Day to bring to attention the pan-Indian water crisis and drought conditions.He said the country is facing severe drought conditions. ''Neither the Centre nor the states have come up with any long-term plan for tackling drought," he added.
"More than half of the country is reeling under drought,'' the Congress leader said.The resolution was moved by BJP member Kunwar Pushpendra Singh Chandel on June 21. ''Having regard to the fact that due to scarcity of water and unavailability of fodder for cattle in the Bundelkhand region of the State of Uttar Pradesh, the people of the region are forced to leave their cows to graze in the open, which is popularly known as 'Anna Pratha', and which causes damage to the standing crops, this House urges upon the Government to take steps to construct a network of canals from the proposed Ken-Betwa river linking project in order to interconnect and replenish the dams and ponds to overcome the problem of water scarcity and practice of Anna Pratha in the region, '' resolution said.The House was adjourned due to lack of quorum and the discussion on the resolution remained incomplete.(UNI)