Cabinet approves draft water policy

Shillong, Jul 12: The state cabinet on Friday approved the draft State Water Policy, 2019.

Briefing the media persons after the cabinet, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong informed that the cabinet had a detailed discussion and deliberation on the draft policy.

According to Tynsong, the draft water policy was prepared by the Water Resource Department.

The deputy chief minister said that the objective of the policy is to achieve sustainable development, management use of Meghalaya’s water resources with community participation to improve health and livelihood.

“The State Water Policy will addresses protection of catchments areas and water pollution and community participation will be fully honoured through this policy,” he added.

The deputy chief minister said the policy will also reduce vulnerability.

Meanwhile, the deputy chief minister said that the unique land tenure system existing in the state where land belongs to the people, it has been indicated in this policy for the need of community participation in carrying it forward.

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