People collecting rain water for drinking: Harsh Dev

NPP leader Harsh Dev Singh addressing public meeting in Ramnagar.
NPP leader Harsh Dev Singh addressing public meeting in Ramnagar.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 24: Peeved over the Govt for turning averse to matters of public importance especially the Department of Jal Shakti in particular, Harsh Dev Singh, chairman JKNPP and former minister said the resultant hardships faced by the common masses had remained unabated thus ridiculing the BJP’s tall claims of ‘Achey Din’ and ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’.
While addressing public rallies in Ramnagar and Chenani area he said people in the rural areas and the hinterland have been deprived of potable water which is the necessity of life. He divulged that while the people are yearning for water supply in the far flung areas, the administration has bizarrely turned apathetic and callous towards the shrill cries of the rural dwellers.
“Right to water has been protected as a fundamental human right by the Indian Supreme Court as part of the ‘Right to life’ guaranteed under Art 21 of the Indian Constitution. Not only the Supreme Court and High Courts but the WHO and UN General Assembly have all emphasized repeatedly that everyone has Right to sufficient, continuous, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use. And not only should the water be physically and economically accessible but it should be clean, free from impurities and contaminations”, Harsh Dev added.
He said Jal Shakti Deptt has failed not only to fulfil their constitutional obligations and the directions given by the Supreme Court but its officers are also guilty of criminal negligence and evasion/non-performance of their duties as public servants. While the people are suffering hard due to non-provision of adequate water supply during scorching summers in majority of villages of Ramnagar and Chenani constituency, there are several habitations which have been completely deprived of water supply leaving them at the mercy of God.
Expressing anguish over the sorry state of affairs running in rural belt, he regretted that not only the scarcity of drinking water in majority of villages but the supply of contaminated water in other villages is often reported to have caused serious health problems like cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery and Hepatitis-A.