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Nepal unveils its first water resource policy

Minister Barsha Man Pun unveils Nepal’s first water resource policy, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

Kathmandu, December 17

For the first time in Nepal’s history, the government has unveiled the National Water Resource Policy.

Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Barsha Man Pun made public the policy at a function organised at the ministry today.

Although there were different policies related to drinking water, irrigation, hydropower, and water-induced disasters, there was not an integrated water resource policy as such.

The policy has seven objectives and 11 strategies. The main aim of the policy is economic prosperity and social transformation through multidimensional and sustainable development and multiple uses of water resources.

Speaking at the function, the minister also said the policy was issued with an objective of utilising and preserving water resources for handing them over to the next generation.

He believed the policy would help the government’s ‘Happy Nepali: Prosperous Nepal’ campaign and the implementation of the constitutional provision that all three levels of the government should be able to utilise water resources responsibly.

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