Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has pitched for drafting a "state water policy" taking into consideration the ground reality where the hilly terrains get abundant rain during half of the year but the people cry for potable water during the other half.
Inaugurating the head office building of irrigation and flood control department here Rio insisted that water management has become important and urged the departments
concerned to attach special attention to tap all available resources to meet the requirement particularly during lean period.
Lamenting that during his meeting with the union water resources minister the later complained to him that there was no proposal from the state to Centre towards water management, Rio said there was no need of any separate department to deal with it since existing departments have been enough for drafting water policy and its management.
The chief minister pointed out that Nagaland gets abundant rains during the monsoon but it faces acute water crisis in winter, lamenting "this goes to show the state reels under lack of water management."
Regretting that despite involvement of over 70 per cent of the populace in agri and allied sectors the state produces only 40 per cent of its food grains requirement, Rio
insisted on effective coordination between the departments of irrigation and agriculture for realising Nagaland`s stated Vision 2020 of attaining food sufficiency and security by the year 2020.