President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday, September 24, at the Inaugural ceremony of the 6th India Water Week 2019 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, emphasized on the need to reduce water foot print and said farmers, corporate leaders and government bodies need to actively consider it.
President Kovind inaugurates the 6th India Water Week-2019 in New Delhi; says cooperation between different stakeholders is critical, if we are to face the challenges concerning water effectively. https://t.co/PWi19DaZVc pic.twitter.com/cfAfLihtVD— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 24, 2019
Kovind said there has been negligence in preserving water and steps must be taken to ensure that future generations get clean drinking water.
“We often talk of reducing our carbon footprint. It is time we talk about reducing our water footprint. Our farmers, corporate leaders and government bodies need to actively consider the water footprint of different crops and industries. We need to encourage agricultural and industrial practice that has least water footprint,” the president said.
The President of India’s official twitter handle also tweeted,
We often talk of reducing our “carbon-footprint”. It is time we talk of reducing our “water-footprint” as well.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 24, 2019
We need to encourage agricultural and industrial practices that have the least water-footprint.
Water footprint is the amount of water used to produce goods and services, including cultivation of crops.
He also lauded the government for the Jal Jeevan Mission that envisages providing clean drinking water to all households in the country.
I appreciate the Government for envisaging the Jal Jeevan Mission, which plans to supply water to every rural household by 2024.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 24, 2019
This is a bold and ambitious Mission as presently only about 18 per cent of rural households in India get piped water supply.