Common water management plan sought for SAARC countries

Staff Correspondent

Rights group on Saturday urged SAARC leaders to develop common water management strategies to promote agriculture in the member countries.
On the eve of the 18th SAARC summit which is going to be held in Kathmandu in 26-28 November, speakers at a press conference said cooperation in the agriculture sector was vital as it was still the lifeline for most of the people and their livelihood in the SAARC countries.
People’s SAARC Bangladesh Group organised the programme at the National Press Club, said a press release.
Sushasaner Janya Pracharavijan coordinator Monju Rani Pramanik urged SAARC leaders to make a charter for the free movement of climate-induced migrants.
She called for developing common water management strategies to interconnect Bangladesh, India, Nepal and China to promote agriculture system and hydro power development, thereby benefiting the member countries with equity and justice.
Monju emphasised the implementation of SAARC Dhaka and Thimphu declaration on climate change as this was a serious issue for SAARC all member countries.
She also called for exploring appropriate strategies to promote cross-boarder peace, security and employment and thereby reduce militarisation expenses and redirect the investment to human development sectors.
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan secretary general Abdul Matin demanded suitable policy to address the long-pending water issues.
He demanded connectivity with rivers that would facilitate the regional navigation among SAARC countries especially between Bangladesh and India.
Zakir Hossain from Nagarik Udyog suggested minimising gaps as there were always dissimilarities between common people aspirations and what officials of SAARC process outlined.
People’s SAARC Bangladesh Group chairman Rashid E Mahbub and EquityBD coordinator Mostafa Kamal Akhanda were also present at the conference.

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