Modi calls for focus on water conservation

New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that focus on water conservation should be an integral part of all water supply initiatives.

Chairing a high-level meeting on the National Rural Drinking Water Programme, the prime minister also said that while planning for rural areas, a clear provision should be made for the water requirements of cattle and other related needs.

“It was observed that following the increase in devolution of funds to states in accordance with the recommendations of the Finance Commission, states could spend a portion of the additional funds available, for drinking water supply projects,” an official release quoted him as saying here.

Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Sanitation and Drinking Water, Chaudhary Birender Singh was present at the meeting.

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