Lawmakers of the Pyithu Hluttaw have submitted a motion which urges the Government to adopt policies on sustainable conservation of natural water sources in the country.
At the debate over the issue at the Pyithu Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, MPs pointed out the weakness of the country to manage its natural water sources, highlighting the nationwide water shortages that occur each summer.
In reply to the motion, the Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win said that the ministry adopted a five-year plan starting from the 2015-2016 fiscal year to conserve natural water sources in Shan State.
“The ministry has already conserved 15 natural water sources in Taunggyi District so far”, said U Ohn Win.
He went on to say that the ministry has committed to natural water sources conservation, giving priorities to natural water sources which need urgent conservation and making the best use of the experiences gained in previous years.
Meanwhile, the ministry has also carried out conservation of watershed areas while taking measures for forestation under the 10-year plan, he added.
“We need to carry out multi-purpose water management tasks with the participation of departments concerned including the General Administration Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Rural Area Development Department, Rural Areas and National Races Development Department and Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River System,” said Union Minister U Ohn Win.
Lack of water management during the rainy season has caused flooding and the intrusion of sea water inland.
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(Myamar News Agency)