Chief Secretary, high officials should lobby to secure state’s full water share: Rajasthan CM

The chief minister reviewed the Indira Gandhi Canal Project through a virtual meeting.

New Delhi —

The chief minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, on Thursday chaired a meeting through video conference wherein he directed the state’s chief secretary and other high-ranking officials to lobby effectively for securing the state’s full water share.

The chief minister also reviewed the Indira Gandhi Canal Project through the virtual meeting. He directed that the Chief Secretary and departmental high officials should make effective lobbying on the pending issues related to inter-state water agreements to get the full water of the state’s share.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also gave approval for the creation of a new block office of the Public Health Engineering Department at Sadulpur in Churu district and eight new posts in it.

Also, with a view to providing easy and speedy justice to the general public, the Cabinet approved the proposal to create various new posts including Additional Public Prosecutor in the newly created 13 Additional District Courts in different districts of the state, according to the Chief Minister’s Office.

It is in place to mention here that a prolonged water crisis in Rajasthan’s rural areas has pushed people into a distressful situation amid peak summer months.

People residing in rural areas have been facing a water shortage for the past 10-12 years and has become a routine feature in these areas. Meanwhile, the administration has been claiming that steps are being taken to solve the water shortage.

Many have resorted to putting locks on their water containers in an effort to protect it against ‘theft’.

Interestingly, a special police station is coming up in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan to prevent water theft. The unique police station is coming up to prevent theft of irrigation water that flows through the Indira Gandhi canal.

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