Minister censures IRSA over water shortage

Growers say provincial government not free from fault either

Our Correspondent August 17, 2021


Sindh Irrigation Minister Jam Khan Shoro has blamed the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) for failing to provide Sindh its due share of water. "Due to the drop in water share, crop cultivation in Badin and Tando Muhammad Khan districts already started two months late. But now we are again hearing about a further cut in our share," he said, speaking to the media during a visit to the two districts.

"If IRSA thinks that Badin or some parts of Sindh have suffered because they were not provided their share of water, they are wrong. It's Pakistan which has been suffering losses due to a dip in the cultivation of crops," Shoro remarked. In order to soothe distressed farmers, the minister said the government would try to provide them more water for the next crop as a compensation measure.

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During his interactions with the farmers in the two districts, he received complaints about water theft, bad management on the part of the irrigation officials and over lack of consultation with stakeholders before executing irrigation network-related projects.

Meanwhile, Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority MD Preetam Das, apprised the minister that the sowing of rice crop started very late in Badin and Tando Muhammad Khan districts because of unavailability of water. Similarly, Qabool Khatian, chairperson of the Left Bank Canal Area Water Board, briefed Shoro on water shortfall issues in the the command areas of various canals.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2021.


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