Only 4% CSR funds go to save water: Jal Shakti minister Shekhawat

During India Water Week, the Union minister says even water-intensive industries dedicate only 11% of their CSR spending to water conservation

By Shagun
Published: Thursday 26 September 2019
People must also think about multiple use of the same water too, said Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajdendra Singh Shekhawat. Photo: Twitter

Only four per cent of funds earmarked for corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds was spent on water conservation, said Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at the sixth India Water Week celebrations in New Delhi on September 25, 2019.

“I asked for a report on this a few days ago and that’s when I came to know that only four per cent of the country’s CSR money is being used on water conservation. Even the water-intensive industries dedicate only 11 per cent of their CSR spending to it,” said Shekhawat.

The industrial sector is the third-most affected by the water crisis, the minister added while urging corporates to increase their expenditure on water. “It's a question of do or die for industries and they should think about it,” he said. 

In this time of crisis, besides reusing water, people must also think about multiple use of the same water, he said.

“Every drop counts and only water harvesting won’t work. It's time for water conservation and judicious use of water to make India water secure. We have contaminated all our water sources. We have to take care of our traditional water sources and revive them as well as the new ones,” said Shekhawat.

Even as states are making progress in water management, the overall performance remains well below what is required to adequately tackle India’s water challenges, highlighted the second-edition of Niti Aayog’s Comprehensive Water Management Index 2019.

Shekhawat echoed these views by saying that rivers must not be treated as water sources.

“We did a mistake by treating rivers as water sources. they are, in fact, a path. They should have clean flowing water. We take out their clean water and put dirty contaminated water in them,” he added.

The theme of this year’s India Water Week is ‘Water cooperation: Coping with 21st Century Challenges’ and the partner countries are Japan and the European Union.

About 1,500 delegates from India and abroad are participating in the event, which is hosting 63 delegates from 28 countries.

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