Draft National Water Policy 2012 is out for comments till the 29th February 2012. The policy is supposed to guide future legal, institutional and on-ground developments in the water sector for a long time to come. Instead of envisioning a strongly sustainable and equitable road map for water resource development, the Policy neglects crucial aspects and goes on to aid privatisation by making statements like "“Service Provider” role of the state has to be gradually reduced and shifted to regulation and control of services. The water related services should be transferred to community and / OR private sector." such a blanket go-ahead for Water Privatisation is anti poor, anti environment and anti farmer. We have no credible mechanisms to ensure transparent, accountable water resources management, nor do we have laws to ensure legally enforceable right to water and democratic norms. In the absence of these, water privatisation will worsen the scenario for everyone, not only the poor. Important aspects like giving priority to groundwater management, which is the country's water lifeline, realistic ways to ensure ecological sustainability and empower communities to be on the center stage, issues related to irrigation and hydropower efficiency, reviving and safeguarding traditional water management structures, etc., have received nearly no attention. Policy is open for comments only till 29th February. Sign the petition and urge the Ministry of Water Resources to adopt a democratic, pro people and pro environment Water Policy for the future! Rivers and farmers around you who cannot send in online petitions, but who will be deeply impacted by such a Policy need your voice!
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