‘Waterman of India’ Rajendra Singh bats for ‘water literacy’ drive in Bihar

By Dheeraj Kumar

Patna: Well-known environmentalist and Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh has strongly favoured a ‘water literacy’ drive in Bihar for conservation and better utilisation of water.

Speaking at a state level workshop on ‘Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Resource Conservation’ organised by ‘Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh’ here yesterday,  Singh stressed on the importance of water conservation and suggested Bihar government to make budgetary provision for carrying out ‘water literacy’ drive in the state.

Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) vice chairman Shri Vyasji  responding to  Singh`s proposal said that BSDMA with the active support of  Singh and his team would work out an action plan for carrying out ‘water literacy’ drive in the state after completing necessary formalities. Vyas Ji also released a white paper (2018-19) on Ganga river prepared by Singh and his team.

Earlier, Singh opposed Narendra Modi government`s plan on interlinking of rivers. The project for interlinking of rivers of the country was not practical and recalled how he had opposed the idea when he was a member of expert committee constituted by the government for the purpose.

He praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for raising the issue of uninterrupted flow of Ganga river forcefully.

Singh said that chief minister Kumar showing his anxiety over poor condition of the Ganga river had raised the issue forcefully and praised him for it.

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